The Celestial Boondocks

The Milky Way, cosmologically speaking and its immediate neighborhood are in the boondocks.

In an 2013 observational research, College of Wisconsin-Madison astronomer Amy Barger and her then-pupil Ryan Keenan confirmed that our galaxy, in the context of the large scale construction of the universe, resides in an enormous void — a spot of area containing significantly less galaxies, stars and planets than expected.

Now, a new research by a UW-Madison undergraduate, also a student of Barger’s, not only firms up the idea that individuals exist in one of the holes of the Swiss – cheese construction of the cosmos, but aids ease the obvious disagreement or tension between different measurements of the Hubble Constant, the unit cosmologists use to describe the rate where the universe is growing to day.