Posted by Matthew on Monday May 24, 2004 @05:41PM
from the the-blind-men-and-the-78-billion-year-wide-elephant dept.
Matthew writes: Using data from the Wilkonson Anisotropic Microwave Survey, scientists have discovered that the universe is at least 78 billion light years across—much larger than the 28 billion light years that we can see, and proving that the universe does not “wrap” back upon itself like the edges of an “Asteroids” video game.
“It’s quite disappointing, frankly.” Says project lead xxx. “I went into this hoping to prove that the universe was smaller than the 28 billion light year “horizon”, and that light would wrap around the edges so that we could “see” the earth in the past if we knew where to look. That way, I’d be able to eventually prove to my mother that it was my older sister that stole the $ 10 dollars from her purse in 1974, and not me.”