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Scientists find monster black holes, biggest yet (10 billion times the size of our sun)
Yahoo ^ | 12/5/11 | AP

Posted on 12/05/2011 9:27:17 AM PST by NormsRevenge

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have found the biggest black holes known to exist — each one 10 billion times the size of our sun.

A team led by an astronomer at the University of California at Berkeley discovered the two gigantic black holes in clusters of galaxies 300 million light years away. That's relatively close on the galactic scale.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; biggest; blackholes; catastrophism; monster; ngc3842; science; scientists; xplanets
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To: treetopsandroofs

It appears from other sources that they are referring to mass. The event horizon for a non-rotating black hole is about 3 km for each solar mass, so these bad boys would have an event horizon of more than 20 astronomical units, or about out to the orbit of Saturn if placed in the same position as our sun. < shudder>


51 posted on 12/05/2011 1:47:33 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Scratch that. Make it beyond the orbit of Uranus. (Saturn is only about 9.4 AU, Uranus about 18+) More shuddering.


52 posted on 12/05/2011 1:51:09 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: txroadkill

John Wiley Price is not a city councilman. He is a County Commissioner (different political body). But.... he is still a rabble rouser.


53 posted on 12/05/2011 1:58:44 PM PST by ixtl ( You live and learn. Or you don't live long.)
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To: NormsRevenge

So, are cosmologists still looking for missing mass that would lead to the universe collapsing in on itself or will they concede that black holes contain the missing mass?


54 posted on 12/05/2011 9:47:09 PM PST by Crucial
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To: earglasses
What you said. Or maybe it's not so much what you said as the way you said it -- no matter.

It's been this layman's observation that the application of scientific magic dust has become the the rule rather than the exception since higher(and lower) education was co-opted by the state for their own nefarious purposes. What's more, the American taxpayers' pockets were so deep that our government, in public/public partnership with our domestic Scientific Community™ are and were able to co-opt most of the world's Scientific Community™. Spreading the wealth never felt so good...

55 posted on 12/05/2011 10:22:32 PM PST by ForGod'sSake (You have only two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!!!)
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To: Crucial; All

100 BILLION galaxies, each containing hundreds of BILLIONS of stars...Does anybody know what percentage of this number in our universe has actually been observed and or studied in depth???

My guess is less than .0000000001%.

Which begs the obvious logical question. The more the universe is observed, the more scientists discover things that are “bigger or different than expected or theorized”. How can the dark matter theory be taken seriously any more given that it may take decades or even centuries of observation and data collection just to scratch the surface of an adequate comprehension and understanding of what the universe contains?


56 posted on 12/06/2011 8:32:46 PM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: treetopsandroofs; fso301; SunkenCiv; All

If they are talking about diameter, rather than volume or mass, then they would be 10B times the sun’s diameter which is about 870,000 miles across, which is about 109 times the diameter of the earth.

In another astronomical finding, here is information on the discovery of a planet, Kepler 22b, in the “life zone” of liquid water about 600 light years away.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/05/kepler-22b-new-planet-discovered-habitable-zone_n_1129591.html?ncid=webmail13


57 posted on 12/06/2011 9:24:11 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

And Huffpo still sucks.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2816324/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2817036/posts


58 posted on 12/06/2011 11:30:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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