By Vin Sparks
WASHINGTON D.C. In a joint 10-year study which began in 2008, the Jet Propulsion Lab at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) collaborated with the researchers at the University of California – Santa Cruz, the California Institute of Technology, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia, and Space-X, a Hawthorne, CA aerospace company in the private sector. The subject of the study:
The Center of the Universe
A Computational Analysis
Since the early 20th century, scientists have believed that the universe had no center. In 1929 Edwin Hubble announced that he had measured the speed of galaxies at different distances from us, and had discovered that the farther they were, the faster they were receding. This suggests that the universe is expanding uniformly.
According to Hubble’s law, then it will appear to do so from any vantage point and therefore indicate that there is no geographical center to the universe.
“The conclusion arrived at by this latest study flies in the face of Hubble”, said Dr Gustav Riemer, the Director of the project. In a heavy German accent Dr Riemer continued, “As far as I know, the farthest object observed has been about 12billion light years (a supernova with a high red-shift value).”
“Cosmologists put the age of the universe at 15Billion years. Using that value as a radius then using 4/3pir^3 gives us a quite generous sphere,” he continued.
Dr Riemer, writing on a chalkboard in his office at NASA calculated for us, “4.2*3375(billion^2) = ~14,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 cubic light years. 14 thousand million million million.”
“You might think it’s a long way to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts compared to space!”, the good doctor added.
“If you make an assumption about the density of the observable universe, say, that of Gold, you can get a dollar value which is quite high,” Riemer added.
Seeming to go off on a tangent, the doctor explained, “To start you off, the value of gold per metric tonne is approximately $26million. The density of gold is approx. 19,300Kg per cubic metre (1.9tonnes).”
In a summary of everything he said, Dr Riemer concluded:
- “There are ~300,000,000 metres in a light second and there are 31.5million seconds in a year.”
- “So, a cubic light year = (3*10^8 * 3.15*10^7)^3 cubic metres”
- “About 8.43*10^47 cubic metres.”
- “8.43*10^47*(1.93*(2.6*10^7)) – $US4.2*10^55 in 1 cubic light year of gold.”
- “Multiply that by 14 thousand million million million.”
“That places the center of the universe at the very spot where the Barrymore Theater sits on Atwood Avenue.”
Well, there it is then. A piece of cake.