[I am going to temporarily suspend my series on "Evolution of the Wave-based Universe" in order to write about some other elements of Cascading Essence Cosmology that have been pressing on my mind recently. Fear not - I will see the series to its end later on, describing how the model sees the Universe evolving in the future and, eventually, ending.]
The other day, a news story came to me through a cosmology alert I get in my email. The headline of the story was “Astronomers discover surprising clutch of hydrogen clouds lurking among our galactic neighbors.”
The beginning of the article caught immediately caught my eye:
In a dark, starless patch of intergalactic space, astronomers have discovered a never-before-seen cluster of hydrogen clouds strewn between two nearby galaxies, Andromeda (M31) and Triangulum (M33). The researchers speculate that these rarefied blobs of gas — each about as massive as a dwarf galaxy — condensed out of a vast and as-yet undetected reservoir of hot, ionized gas, which could have accompanied an otherwise invisible band of dark matter.
Here’s the rendition of the new discovery that accompanies the article:
My first thought was that this might be a perfect example of what I’ve been calling Wave 3 galaxies in their formative stages.
Forming in the vast empty spaces between the Andromeda galaxy (@ 2.5 Mly from Earth) and the Triangulum galaxy (@ 3 Mly from Earth), what was previously seen as “wispy puffs” drawn out between the galaxies is now – through the more powerful Green Bank Telescope (GBT) – seen as having distinct structures and features. While there weren’t any stars to be seen in these formations there was enough matter in each to make them “dead ringers for dwarf galaxies.” This is just the kind of formation that CEC predicts for Wave 3: smaller galaxies forming in intergalactic space.
While the standard explanation being used for these cloud clusters are that they are as old as the rest of the Universe but either haven’t formed into stars/galaxies themselves or are attached to dark matter, CEC predicts that they consist primarily of newly introduced Wave 3 essential elements and are actually in the process of forming new galaxies. We are seeing here the birth of new (albeit relatively small) galaxies right in our own galactic neighbourhood!
A really cool video of how the cloud clusters emerged out of ever-more-powerful observations was published on the NRAO website. As well, an excellent interview with one of the NRAO scientists has been released, where he admits they can’t explain where these clouds came from and that they will be looking for more in our galactic neighbourhood.
One thing that didn’t perfectly fit with my understanding of CEC was that the new Wave 3 galaxies were forming within our galaxy cluster, not between galaxy clusters as I had previously proposed. However, thinking about it now, it seems plausible that the density of space in a galaxy cluster might be even lower in places than the density of space between galaxy clusters. With the relatively close proximity of galaxies within a cluster, these galaxies might have drawn away more dense elements from between them, leaving large expanses of ultra-low density elements – the precise breeding ground for massive new essence introductions. I’m going to continue to consider the mechanics of that, and may need to revisit some earlier posts about waves and introductions.
So, now that these emergent Wave 3 galaxies (if that is, indeed, what they are) have been discovered, what might be discovered next? CEC would predict that there may be similar Wave 3 galaxies within our local galaxy cluster and also possibly within our local galaxy super-cluster. However, we should only be able to see these new galaxies out to about 1 Gly distant. Radiation from galaxies further away will either be too weak to measure or will not have had time to reach us yet. Also, since I am predicting that these are not “static” clouds of gas, but rather actively forming galaxies, the new galaxies further away from these recently discovered ones should be seen as having less mature organizations than those closer by. A really good test of these CEC ideas!
It will be fascinating to watch this new discovery unfold. Will they be able to detect other types of matter within these evolving galaxies? Will they draw comparisons between these galaxies and early ones seen at the farthest reaches of the Observable Universe? Will they now quickly find other examples of such galaxies – and where?
All very exciting.