“Yet Another Shocker- Galaxy Types Arranged Around Earth!”
Commentary by: Rick DeLano
President: Stellar Motion Pictures
Producer/Writer: The Principle
Here we go again.
Our last few updates have reported the ensemble of earth-oriented alignments, beginning with the CMB “Axis of Evil” first brought to the attention of the filmgoing public in “The Principle” in 2014.
Since then, the alignments have….multiplied, shall we say.
Quasar polarization. Galaxy spin direction. Velocity flow. Fine structure constant.
All observed and reported to lie preferentially along the same special direction of the sky, all related to the ecliptic and equinox planes of earth.
This time around, we report on a study accepted for publication in Astronomy and Astrophysics and posted on the Cornell University pre-print site on September 21, 2016.
The authors conducted a test of the expected isotropy in distribution of galaxy types- e.g. spiral, bar, lenticular, etc.
Standard Big Bang Copernican cosmology predicts these types to be distributed pretty much the same in every direction of the sky we might look, once we start looking at scales larger than 100 megaparsecs or so.
But then again, no one had ever bothered to do such a study.
Until all these strange alignments started popping up, that is.
The occurrence of the word “astonishing” in the abstract of a peer reviewed paper reporting earth-aligned cosmological phenomena is much rarer than is my tendency to employ the word when describing the discoveries.
But this time around, the authors use the term themselves, and I can certainly see why:
“For three samples of galaxies within around 100, 150, and 200 Mpc, we find a significant hemispherical asymmetry with a vanishingly small chance of occurring in an isotropic distribution. Astonishingly, regardless of this extreme significance, the observed hemispherical asymmetry for the three distance ranges is aligned with the Celestial Equator at the 97.1% − 99.8% and with the Ecliptic at the 94.6% − 97.6% confidence levels, estimated using a Monte Carlo analysis.”
The Celestial equator, of course, is just the equator of earth extended out.
In other words, the equator and ecliptic of earth are now seen to divide the universe into two highly asymmetrical distributions of galaxy types.
Another of those….well, astonishing findings that Lawrence Krauss describes in “The Principle” as suggesting that the whole universe is “arranged around us”.
As is the case in the update we gave you in “The Pop Sci Press Is Starting To Pick Sides Over The Copernican Principle”, it has come down to two choices. Either the Copernican Principle, and therefore Big Bang standard cosmology itself, is wrong, or else some unknown systematic error has contaminated essentially all the observations of the last several decades at least!
But let the authors of the study summarize it for us:
“In this work, and for the first time, we search for possible deviations from isotropy in the all-sky distribution of the morphological types of galaxies within around 200 Mpc using the HyperLeda database. Based on the Cosmological Principle (generally understood to be confirmed by most of the observa- tions so far), on sufficiently large scales the properties of the Universe, including the distribution of galaxy types, should be statistically isotropic. Therefore, deviations from isotropy can be a hint of systematic issues in the morphological classification of galaxies or in the homogenization of catalogs.”
Deviations from isotropy might be a hint of that.
But what about Door Number Two?
“On the other hand, it is vital to re-inspect the assumption of isotropy with various observations (Maartens 2011) and this is one of the motivations of our study. If a significant deviation from cosmic isotropy is detected and confirmed by various data sets, cosmology will face a major paradigm change.”
Next time we will look at some of the reasons I feel very confident that Door Number Two is the one to bet on.