Milky Way has been staggering scientists across the decades for plenty of reasons. Our galaxy represents the outcome of other galaxies that merged with one another, it features an invisible halo and a supermassive black hole at its core, and the examples could continue.
But for now, another aspect has captured astronomers’ attention, and it’s indirectly related to the Milky Way. Scientists have found the dipole repeller at a huge distance from Earth, which is a strong reason already not to think that it’s some sort of marine creature found on the bottom of the ocean.
The dipole repeller is pushing against our Milky Way galaxy
According to space.com, astronomers are now trying to understand the nature of the mysterious structure known as the dipole repeller that’s pushing into our galaxy with huge force.
Although it might indeed sound scary for many of us, the same publication mentioned above reveals that we shouldn’t worry. The phenomenon happens due to the normal process of structure formation that has kept happening since the Big Bang. Whatever the dipole repeller is, it’s very far away from us: hundreds of millions of light-years away.
Astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter explained the dipole repeller in the video above:
Today we are talking about the dipole repeller, which is a hypothetical void sitting hundreds of millions of light-years away from us that might be pushing us into our next nearest neighbor supercluster.
He also said:
It’s actually incredibly challenging to make maps of the local universe, and that’s because we are sitting inside the Milky Way galaxy, and the Milky Way galaxy is full of dust, and the dust blocks our view, especially in the direction of the core of the Milky Way galaxy.
We’re eager to find out more about the dipole repeller soon, so stay tuned for more news on the subject!