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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Jet from Galaxy M87
NASA ^ | August 28, 2011 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 08/28/2011 4:52:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: What's causing a huge jet to emanate from the center of galaxy M87? Although the unusual jet was first noticed early in the twentieth century, the exact cause is still debated. The above picture taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1998 shows clear details, however. The most popular hypothesis holds that the jet is created by energetic gas swirling around a massive black hole at the galaxy's center. The result is a 5000 light-year long blowtorch where electrons are ejected outward at near light-speed, emitting eerily blue light during a magnetic spiral. M87 is a giant elliptical galaxy residing only 50 million light-years away in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. The faint dots of light surrounding M87's center are large ancient globular clusters of stars.

August 28, 2011

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; galaxym87; haltonarp; science
[Credit: J. A. Biretta et al., Hubble Heritage Team (STScI /AURA), NASA]

1 posted on 08/28/2011 4:52:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 08/28/2011 4:53:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yikes. Don’t want to pass though one of those.


3 posted on 08/28/2011 4:55:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: SunkenCiv

Worm Hole?


4 posted on 08/28/2011 4:55:36 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: SunkenCiv

We really are very tiny in the cosmos.

Thank God God watches after us.

Someday, maybe millions of years from now, God will step in and we will get a galactic Bible that explains how it all fits together in His plan. Like the Newer Testament?

In the meantime, we can only hope He will brief us when we pass on and we will probably LOAO...


5 posted on 08/28/2011 4:55:47 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: SunkenCiv

Beans for lunch?


6 posted on 08/28/2011 4:56:49 PM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: no-to-illegals

Galactic fart?


7 posted on 08/28/2011 5:00:51 PM PDT by Gargantua ("Sarah Palin doesn't like liars who unfairly attack people.")
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To: SunkenCiv

I thought the pentagon banned passing gas?


8 posted on 08/28/2011 5:03:43 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: freedumb2003

Yeah, the adults version.


9 posted on 08/28/2011 5:11:57 PM PDT by null and void (Day 947 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: SunkenCiv

Galactic Warming

Gore should go over there and preach.


10 posted on 08/28/2011 5:21:16 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: SunkenCiv

11 posted on 08/28/2011 5:27:49 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: SunkenCiv

The amount of energy to do that is beyond comprehension........


12 posted on 08/28/2011 5:59:42 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: SunkenCiv

Hey, it’s just E.T. phoning home.

(Sorry, couldn’t resist)


13 posted on 08/28/2011 6:16:58 PM PDT by ixtl (You live and learn. Or you don't live long.)
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To: SunkenCiv

5000 light years is 30,000 Trillion miles long...

That’s right, thirty thousand trillion miles....


14 posted on 08/28/2011 6:43:55 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep saying it.....)
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To: Gargantua

Your idea makes more sense than mine.


15 posted on 08/28/2011 6:45:07 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Impressive...most impressive.


16 posted on 08/28/2011 7:34:07 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Bean Counter

Pfft our debt will be more than that soon


17 posted on 08/28/2011 7:55:05 PM PDT by icanhasbailout (Draft Napolitano 2012)
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To: SunkenCiv

I BraKe FoR Astral PheNomeNa! BumP

Cool.. What a universe! Imagine what the hidden one ‘looks’ like.)

The idea that anything is gonna pop out somewhere else the other side of a wormhole,, taking into the account that you or any matter is literally sliced diced chopped pureed singed and toasted .. it’ll even kill toe fungus and acne.. ;-) Keep on posting these babies!


18 posted on 08/28/2011 7:55:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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19 posted on 08/28/2011 8:40:58 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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M87: Galactic Super-volcano in Action

20 posted on 08/28/2011 8:48:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: freedumb2003; All

There’s a geat DVD - “The Priviledged Planet” - written to two Christian scientists.

They say that we’re in a perfect spot in the universe and if we were a few degrees in one direction we’d be frozen like Mars, and a few degrees in the other direction and we’d be a ball of fire like the Sun.

Plus, we’re perfectly situated to view the rest of the universe.

I never get tired of watching it. I too believe God watches over us - all the time.


21 posted on 08/28/2011 8:53:56 PM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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HubbleSite M87

http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/query/m87/


22 posted on 08/28/2011 8:55:14 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: CyberAnt

“Gonzalez is an assistant research professor of astronomy and physics at Iowa State, Richards has a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary”

IOW, one is not a scientist, and the other isn’t listed on the faculty directory:

http://www.physastro.iastate.edu/directory/

It wasn’t any more convincing when a couple of scientists tried it:

Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe
Peter D. Ward & Donald Brownlee


23 posted on 09/04/2011 10:27:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: JoeProBono; NormsRevenge

Thanks!


24 posted on 09/04/2011 10:31:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: null and void; freedumb2003

An Encyclopedia Galactica, but you must have 900 terabytes free on your hard drive.


25 posted on 09/04/2011 10:33:19 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cripplecreek; no-to-illegals; left that other site; Gargantua; driftdiver; citizencon; ...

Pull my really big galactic finger.


26 posted on 09/04/2011 10:33:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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http://www.privilegedplanet.com/authors.php


27 posted on 09/04/2011 10:34:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Which is precisely why we have the abridged children’s version.


28 posted on 09/04/2011 10:47:13 AM PDT by null and void (Day 952 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: SunkenCiv; null and void
The abridged children's version is used on me quite often. Keeps on topic, and posts from being pulled. Finger pulling would be best guess, where fingers to keyboard kind of pulling. Thanks for the ping SunkenCiv.
29 posted on 09/04/2011 10:56:52 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: no-to-illegals

Yes. Look around the planet. It’s definitely the age appropriate version for earth...


30 posted on 09/04/2011 2:43:04 PM PDT by null and void (Day 953 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: SunkenCiv

The key was: “Christians”

Sorry you missed that.


31 posted on 09/05/2011 2:56:23 PM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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To: CyberAnt

Christian scientists — followers of Mary Baker Eddy?


32 posted on 09/05/2011 5:58:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Who is ..??


33 posted on 09/06/2011 9:08:09 PM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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