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The black hole that cannot stop eating
FT.com ^ | January 7 2005 | Clive Cookson

Posted on 01/06/2005 8:33:19 PM PST by holymoly

Astronomers have recorded the most powerful eruption of energy yet observed in the universe. It comes from a gigantic black hole, a billion times more massive than our sun, which is swallowing vast amounts of material from its surrounding galaxy.

The eruption was discovered with the Chandra X-ray observatory operated by Nasa, the US space agency, and is reported in the journal Nature. Brian McNamara of Ohio University, the study leader, said he had previously observed vast cosmic bubbles of hot gas extending outward from "supermassive" black holes in distant galaxies, but "what literally almost knocked me off my chair was the scale, the magnitude of this one".

It is not yet clear where all the matter required to sustain the eruption is coming from, nor how the black hole can digest it. "It's like a 300lb person eating 100lb of meat in one sitting," says Prof McNamara.

Co-author Paul Nulsen of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics uses a similar analogy. "This new result is as surprising as it is exciting," he says. "This black hole is feasting when it should be fasting." The new study supports recent theories that supermassive black holes have a big impact on the structure of the universe. The black hole occupies a volume of space about the same size as our solar system but it affects a volume of space about 600 times the size of the whole Milky Way galaxy. "From this tiny region of space, the energy is spread out over enormous distances," Prof McNamara says.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: big; black; eruption; galaxy; hole; huge; large; powerful; really; universe
"It's like a 300lb person eating 100lb of meat in one sitting,"

So it's like Michael Moore? 

Lumpy Riefenshtal
1 posted on 01/06/2005 8:33:21 PM PST by holymoly
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To: holymoly

This thread was going to be the perfect race to post the first picture of Lumpy Reifenstahl, but you beat us all to the punch.


2 posted on 01/06/2005 8:34:36 PM PST by Petronski (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.)
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To: holymoly

Capt Picard couldn't be reached for comment.

3 posted on 01/06/2005 8:34:57 PM PST by xrp (Executing assigned posting duties flawlessly -- ZERO mistakes)
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To: holymoly
The black 'hole that cannot stop eating

Oh.

4 posted on 01/06/2005 8:35:03 PM PST by martin_fierro (</pith>)
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To: martin_fierro

Excellent!


5 posted on 01/06/2005 8:44:06 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy (It's a fight to the death with Democrats.)
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To: holymoly

When I saw the headline I thought the story was about the Federal budget!


6 posted on 01/06/2005 8:49:25 PM PST by Conservative Firster
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To: holymoly

I knew something about Michael Moore would be on here.


7 posted on 01/06/2005 8:52:25 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: holymoly

Oh. I thought this was a Kirsti Ally thread.


8 posted on 01/06/2005 8:57:04 PM PST by No Longer Free State (If integrity does not reside in the captain of the ship, then it is not on board)
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To: No Longer Free State
Oh. I thought this was a Kirsti Ally thread.

Actually, my first thought was Whoopi Goldberg. But then I realized it said black "hole".
9 posted on 01/06/2005 8:58:21 PM PST by holymoly (If I keep saying it, it's because it's always true.)
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To: martin_fierro

Now quit that, I haven't peed my pants since I was very small. You almost made it happen again!


10 posted on 01/06/2005 8:59:39 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Never corner anything meaner than you. NSDQ)
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To: holymoly

11 posted on 01/06/2005 9:03:05 PM PST by zencat (The universe is not what it appears, nor is it something else.)
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To: holymoly
The black hole occupies a volume of space about the same size as our solar system but it affects a volume of space about 600 times the size of the whole Milky Way galaxy.

That is unbelievable. Every time i try to think about that my brain oozes out of my ears. Which is why i can't see Moooore's picture. No seriously....the size of our solar system. And when you think a black hole is super compact (no air bubbles in that mess) so if you took all that matter and uncompressed it...dang
12 posted on 01/06/2005 9:04:42 PM PST by tfecw (dolphins are the spawn of evil)
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To: holymoly

13 posted on 01/06/2005 9:06:20 PM PST by timestax
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To: tfecw
That is unbelievable. Every time i try to think about that my brain oozes out of my ears.

Sounds like the Total Perspective Vortex, ala Douglas Adams.
14 posted on 01/06/2005 9:09:04 PM PST by zencat (The universe is not what it appears, nor is it something else.)
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To: tfecw

Sometimes I think that the big bang was a result of the last black hole in the universe swallowing the very last bit of matter and energy in the universe then burping.


15 posted on 01/06/2005 9:11:09 PM PST by ProudVet77 (Beer - it's not just for breakfast anymore.)
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To: tfecw
so if you took all that matter and uncompressed it...dang

Or...Bang. A BIG one.

16 posted on 01/06/2005 9:12:01 PM PST by No Longer Free State (If integrity does not reside in the captain of the ship, then it is not on board)
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To: tfecw

You just had to put that picture in my head.

Thanks.

Watch for future news bit: Evil Conservative, addicted to the VRWC banner website FREE REPUBLIC, has head explode within hours of reading very disturbing article from that source.

Government considering ban of website due to lethal articles.


17 posted on 01/06/2005 9:15:50 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (>The government of our country was meant to be a servant of the people, not a master.)
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To: holymoly; RadioAstronomer; SunkenCiv
News?
18 posted on 01/06/2005 9:20:00 PM PST by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: holymoly

Bush's fault.


19 posted on 01/06/2005 9:27:59 PM PST by kb2614 ( You have everything to fear, including fear itself. - The new DNC slogan)
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To: PatrickHenry

evil astronomy ping


20 posted on 01/06/2005 9:34:14 PM PST by longshadow
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To: ProudVet77

You go in there and when you come out the other side it is the BIG BANG in another dimension. Our universe may be just like one bubble the dish water!


21 posted on 01/06/2005 10:05:00 PM PST by UbonGhostrider (Fire for effect)
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To: Conservative Firster
When I saw the headline I thought the story was about the Federal budget!

LOL!! Great minds think alike! ;o)

22 posted on 01/06/2005 10:05:35 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: holymoly
The black hole occupies a volume of space about the same size as our solar system but it affects a volume of space about 600 times the size of the whole Milky Way galaxy.

Space/Time has got to be getting its' ass kicked in a big way around that bad boy.

23 posted on 01/06/2005 10:15:47 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: holymoly
Something doesn't seem right here.

Aren't black holes supposed to have a tremendous amount of mass for their size? I would think that a black hole as large as our entire solar system would be quite a bit more massive than a "mere" billion suns. Heck, even an ordinary star that was the size of our solar system would be more massive than that!

24 posted on 01/06/2005 10:18:15 PM PST by Skibane
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To: martin_fierro

[virtual ticker tape parade for martin_f]

I soooo wanted to think up something that good.


25 posted on 01/06/2005 10:37:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (the US population in the year 2100 will exceed a billion, perhaps even three billion.)
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To: Skibane
I would think that a black hole as large as our entire solar system would be quite a bit more massive than a "mere" billion suns.

It is entirely possible that it has eaten well over a billion suns.

Something like this might create new theory and obliterate old ones. It could be the stellar nature's way of starting over.

Suck it all up and blow chunks on a big bang scale that creates a new universe at the expense of the old. The radiation from the bang could have the potential of taking us out as well in a stellar Tsunami.(assuming our galaxie is not gobbled up as well)

Some day a billion years hence, give or take a few hundred million years or so.

What we may be seeing, is the beginning of the end or some might see it as a new beginning.

26 posted on 01/06/2005 10:54:07 PM PST by Cold Heat (What are fears but voices awry?Whispering harm where harm is not and deluding the unwary. Wordsworth)
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To: martin_fierro

Tubbs Jones
27 posted on 01/06/2005 10:58:26 PM PST by monkapotamus
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To: holymoly

Mister English Colonel tellin'
me to lose weight. "Oh, I'm
a hard case" he says.

28 posted on 01/06/2005 11:01:38 PM PST by monkapotamus
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To: longshadow

How dare you ping me to this blasphemy!


29 posted on 01/07/2005 4:07:24 AM PST by PatrickHenry (The List-O-Links for evolution threads is at my freeper homepage.)
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To: holymoly

Drop the RATS into it!


30 posted on 01/07/2005 4:08:45 AM PST by Paul_Denton
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To: xrp

Thats because Captain Kirk was kicking his butt again.


31 posted on 01/07/2005 4:41:57 AM PST by winodog (I am gonna stop calling them liberals. They are humanists. Liberal is actually a good word)
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To: holymoly
The black hole that cannot stop eating

I thought this was about Oprah.

32 posted on 01/07/2005 4:44:49 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy, and Bush is no conservative)
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To: holymoly

bttt


33 posted on 01/08/2005 11:06:47 AM PST by timestax
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To: pocat

ping


34 posted on 01/08/2005 9:59:23 PM PST by timestax
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To: timestax

bumperooonie


35 posted on 01/09/2005 8:35:59 AM PST by timestax
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