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The Herschel Space Observatory has spotted a gaping hole in space - a "truly empty" void which appears to have be formed by jets of gas from nascent stars. The European Space Agency's infrared 'scope spotted the anomaly in a bright reflective cloud of gas dubbed NGC 1999. In visible wavelengths, the hole appears naturally black …

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Smell The Glove

It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.

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The thing about space...

is that it's black. And the thing about black holes, their main defining characteristic, is that their black...

So how're you supposed to see them

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Like a black button with black text on a black background that lets you know you've done something?

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Alien

I blame the LHC

The LHC has created a fault in space-time which, due to everything being quantum, meant the hole appeared elsewhere.

Now, in true Star Trek stylee, the hole will slowly begin to get bigger until it fills the entire screen with ----- nothing and this universe will be sucked in.

Or is it the 'Eye of God' and god is a one-eyed cat?

I (eye) for one welcome our new bum-licking overlords as long as they don't bring frogs in.

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Photofit

After the Eye of God from Hubble, Herschel gives us the Nostril of God.

How ironic, if science gives us the full picture!

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See more on Herschel

There's lots more on Herschel at the mission blog:

herschelmission.wordpress.com

and at the UK Herschel website

herschel.cf.ac.uk

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It enters the warp - obviously

Have we found the "Eye of terror?"

For all your warhammer 40K fans.

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Paris Hilton

It's evil

Pure and simple and black and it will absorb everything until Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich can fall in love to stop it

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Appropriate piece of music

Of course has to be Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones.

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It's all so obvious

Someone roundhouse-kicked a hole through the cloud!

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It was...

Chuck Norris

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Roundhouse-kick

Chuck Norris naturally.

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Disaster Area

"It's so black! You can hardly see it. Light just falls into it."

"It's so black. Everything in it is just totally black!"

"The weird colour scheme freaks me. Every time I try to operate one of these weird black controls, a small black light lights up in black to let you know you've done it."

Once again, Douglas Adams did it first :P

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Typical behaviour for adolescents then?

destructive through and through! stars, kids, they are all the same

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26th June

We'll doubtless find out more on 26th June when Dr Who finally solves the problem of the cracks in space-time.

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An enormous gaping void?

I'll take "Gordon Brown's future career" for 10 points.

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Anonymous Coward

Strange

It looks simply like a gap in the dust cloud to me...

I can clearly see a background star through the gap, perhaps nothing shows up on infra-red because there's nothing there?

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its the BBC

Its actually the crack from Doctor WHo.

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Coat

Are you sure it's not...

... the giant Space Amoeba from TOS Trek's episode "The Immunity Syndrome"?

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Wrong,

It's clearly the home of "Nagilum" from TNG episode "Where Silence Has Lease". Shesh...

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entirely empty or immensely dense

Funny how they've gone for the 'empty' hypothesis.

I prefer the 'immensely dense' hypothesis, thus:

1. It's an alien battlefleet coming to get us (about time)

2. It's a Dyson sphere (about time)

3. It's a Type III civilization's Matroishka Brain booting up (about time)

4. There really is a God, and this is one of His poos.

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