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Mysterious New Object Discovered in Space
space.com ^ | 04/19/10 | Charles Q. Choi

Posted on 04/19/2010 6:20:26 PM PDT by KevinDavis

A strange and mysterious new object in space may the brightest and long-lasting "micro-quasar" seen thus far, a miniature version of the brightest objects in the universe.

The object suddenly began pumping out radio waves last year in the relatively nearby galaxy M82, some 10 million light-years away. Its discovery was announced Tuesday.

"The new object, which appeared in May 2009, has left us scratching our heads — we've never seen anything quite like this before," said researcher Tom Muxlow, a radio astronomer at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory in England.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: astronomy; catastrophism; haltonarp; m82; quasar; space; stringtheory; xplanets

1 posted on 04/19/2010 6:20:26 PM PDT by KevinDavis
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To: KevinDavis

Admit it, you thought you were going to see a photo of Helen Thomas


2 posted on 04/19/2010 6:21:15 PM PDT by KansasCanadian (The president of the United States actually has to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.)
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To: mrreaganaut; Las Vegas Dave; Hell to pay; kosciusko51; stainlessbanner; uscbud; blogOps; Mr Fuji; ..


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For a list of Private Space Companies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_private_spaceflight_companies


3 posted on 04/19/2010 6:21:20 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Jesus Saves... Allah Kills...)
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To: KevinDavis

Cool!


4 posted on 04/19/2010 6:21:36 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Craven spirits wear their master's collars but real men would rather feed the battlefield's vultures)
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To: KevinDavis

Already been posted


5 posted on 04/19/2010 6:21:37 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: KevinDavis

Here is other thread, posted earlier today.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2496235/posts


6 posted on 04/19/2010 6:23:25 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: KevinDavis

Interesting story. The distances involved in space are very difficult for me to wrap my brain around. 10 million light years is a long way.


7 posted on 04/19/2010 6:24:33 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: KevinDavis

Since the object is 10 million light years away, doesn’t that mean it really started producing the light 10 million years ago, and we are just now seeing it? :p


8 posted on 04/19/2010 6:25:24 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KevinDavis

It’s Zero’s ego. Space is the only place big enough to hold it.


9 posted on 04/19/2010 6:32:43 PM PDT by jeffc (I now live in National Socialist America)
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To: KoRn

Ten million and one years ago if you want to accurate.


10 posted on 04/19/2010 6:32:45 PM PDT by TigersEye (Duncan Hunter, Jim DeMint, Michelle Bachman, ...)
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To: jeffc

FOTFLOL!


11 posted on 04/19/2010 6:42:28 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("Ked Tennedy would have been plowed... I mean, proud today..." - Senator Max Baucus (Drunk-MT))
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To: KevinDavis

The message that was received was “All your bases are belong to us!”


12 posted on 04/19/2010 6:44:58 PM PDT by cork
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To: KevinDavis

13 posted on 04/19/2010 6:52:43 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: KevinDavis

...Yahh...0bambis birth certificate got sucked into a black (now that’s racist) hole and was transported to the edge of the known universe....film at 11


14 posted on 04/19/2010 7:08:50 PM PDT by spokeshave (They'll get my false teeth when they pry them from my sister's cold, dead mouth)
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To: KevinDavis

It’s. ....the.......golden......arches.....ray kroc has set up shop in the heavens.


15 posted on 04/19/2010 7:32:11 PM PDT by databoss
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To: KevinDavis

16 posted on 04/19/2010 7:36:30 PM PDT by Bean Counter (My name is Obammymandius, King of kings: look upon my works ye mighty, and despair...)
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To: KansasCanadian
That's funny right there. I figured when I clicked on this thread I would see her photo or at least a "IBTHTP".

BTW, IBTHTP!!!

17 posted on 04/19/2010 7:39:55 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: KevinDavis
M82? There's one of these floating around in space?


18 posted on 04/20/2010 9:05:37 AM PDT by wastedyears (The Founders revolted for less.)
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To: Richard Kimball
The distances involved in space are very difficult for me to wrap my brain around. 10 million light years is a long way.

I feel the exact same way. I just don't 'get' astronomical measurements.

19 posted on 04/20/2010 9:06:44 AM PDT by wastedyears (The Founders revolted for less.)
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To: annie laurie; garbageseeker; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Mmogamer; ...
Thanks KevinDavis, a three-list ping.
 
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20 posted on 04/20/2010 3:35:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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21 posted on 04/20/2010 3:36:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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Thanks KevinDavis, a three-list ping.

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22 posted on 04/20/2010 3:36:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: wastedyears

IIRC, a light year —as a distance measure— is how far light will travel in a year, in space. If you take light speed in a vacuum in miles per second(~186,000 miles per second), and multiply 186,000 miles by the number of seconds in a typical year (365 x 24 x 60 x 60 x 186,000) you get a number of miles light travels through space in one typical earth year.


23 posted on 04/20/2010 3:47:21 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: wastedyears
"I feel the exact same way. I just don't 'get' astronomical measurements. "

I'm all right with the astronomical measurements...It's the astrological measurements used by obamao to compute the tax cuts that we should be thankful for that have me confused...

24 posted on 04/20/2010 4:58:13 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: KoRn
"Since the object is 10 million light years away, doesn’t that mean it really started producing the light 10 million years ago, and we are just now seeing it?"

Yes. Wrap your head around that. That is what is SO FRACKIN' COOL about astronomy. :)

25 posted on 04/20/2010 6:34:52 PM PDT by LiberConservative
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To: LiberConservative
"Yes. Wrap your head around that."

Yeah, I try. It makes my head hurt, because my feeble mind can't handle/comprehend such information. I've found myself increasingly interested in Astronomy during the past few months. It could be when what's going on down here sucks so bad, you find yourself looking away from the planet for relief. lol I recently purchased a good set of binoculars to look at the night sky, and I've been blow away by it. I think I'm going to invest in a nice telescope as soon as I get bored with the binoculars. I've found, there's so much more to it than just looking around.

26 posted on 04/20/2010 6:43:35 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: SunkenCiv
Nothing to see here. It's only algore making the rounds...


27 posted on 04/20/2010 10:54:15 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: KoRn

I’ve had a long interest in astronomy, myself. It started out as an interest in the sort of “wonders of science” thing we all get into when we’re kids, but I’ve stuck with it, in part, because it’s a great way to relax, get away from the problems on this world, and keep my sense of perspective on things.

On rainy days (like today) I make telescopes.

You might want to check out my astro-blogs. Not a lot there, but one is on picking a decent telescope, based on questions I get asked frequently and what I tell people when I run star parties.

http://buytelescope.blogspot.com/
http://astrobasics.blogspot.com/

One thing that comes up frequently at public star parties is questions about global warming. I mention that Mars and Neptune are warming, too, (those being the planets I’ve seen some data on) and wonder aloud whether that is man-made... ;)


28 posted on 04/21/2010 11:02:51 AM PDT by saundby
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To: KevinDavis; TigersEye
I've had a thought: Obama has no initiative, no imagination. Let's show him up:

Let's fold Space/Time according to directions for a Japanese Origami... Charging Elephant design!! 8-D

29 posted on 04/22/2010 12:33:57 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: theDentist

I like that. ;-)


30 posted on 04/22/2010 1:49:37 PM PDT by TigersEye (Duncan Hunter, Jim DeMint, Michelle Bachman, ...)
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