Astronomers at a British university have discovered a massive ring of galaxies in space that challenges our understanding of the universe. The diameter of the big ring is 1.3 billion light years, which would make it 15 times the size of the Moon if we could see it in the night sky.
This discovery contradicts one of the fundamental principles of cosmology, which states that all matter should be spread evenly throughout the universe. However, this newfound structure suggests that entities much larger than galaxies can form in space, challenging this principle.
The structure was discovered by Lopez, a PhD student in astronomy at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), England, with help from telescopes and computers. It spans no less than 1.3 billion light years and is located more than nine billion light-years away from Earth. Lopez has also discovered another space superstructure named Giant arc.
According to Lopez, these structures may be remnants of the early universe. He wonders on BBC’s website how such a mechanism could produce these structures, making it difficult for astronomers to imagine their existence. However, Lopez believes that they are proof that our understanding of the universe needs to be reevaluated.