Vast Black Hole Swarm May Surround Milky Way’s Heart

Vast Black Hole Swarm May Surround Milky Way’s Heart:

A swarm of thousands of black holes may surround the giant black hole at the heart of our galaxy, a new study finds.

At the hearts of most, if not all, galaxies are supermassive black holes with masses that are millions to billions of times that of the sun. For example, at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, lies Sagittarius A*, which is about 4.5 million solar masses in size.

A key way in which scientists think supermassive black holes grow is by engulfing stellar-mass black holes each equal in mass to a few suns. Learning how that growth process works is vital to understanding the effects they can have on the evolution of their galaxies. [Deepest-Ever X-Ray Image Captures Countless Black Holes (Photo)]

H/t reader squodgy:

“The World Debt is slowly being moved to here.”

…and after the world debt (financial/economic) has been moved there millions (upon millions) of people will follow.

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NASA: Cosmic rays hitting Earth are ‘bad and getting worse’

NASA: Cosmic rays hitting Earth are ‘bad and getting worse’:

Astronauts on the International Space Station may be at risk during long missions

THE WORSENING COSMIC RAY SITUATION: Cosmic rays are bad–and they’re getting worse. That’s the conclusion of a new paper just published in the research journal Space Weather. The authors, led by Prof. Nathan Schwadron of the University of New Hampshire, show that radiation from deep space is dangerous and intensifying faster than previously predicted.

A Cosmic Ray Shower in Earth’s atmosphere. Illustration Credit: Simon Swordy (U. Chicago),

The story begins four years ago when Schwadron and colleagues first sounded the alarm about cosmic rays. Analyzing data from the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) instrument onboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), they found that cosmic rays in the Earth-Moon system were peaking at levels never before seen in the Space Age. The worsening radiation environment, they pointed out, was a potential peril to astronauts, curtailing how long they could safely travel through space.

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Energy from Space | The Shift Has Begun (Video)

H/t reader Squodgy:

“May we live in interesting times?

Hell fire! Like we have a choice?

Even without the banksters, politicians, paedos and the politically correct toss pots, it is going to be awesome and extremely challenging, and like I.U. Says….we’re on our own.”

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TRAPPIST 1 planets found to be rich with water, boosting chances for life

TRAPPIST 1 planets found to be rich with water, boosting chances for life:

ALIEN life could be a stone-throw away. The Hubble Space Telescope has confirmed four extraordinary planets — all within the ‘Goldilocks zone’ of a nearby star — are rich with water.

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Three ‘super-Earths’ orbiting a cool dwarf star discovered

Three ‘super-Earths’ orbiting a cool dwarf star discovered:

Using NASA’s prolonged Kepler mission, known as K2, astronomers have found three new “super-Earth” exoplanets. The newly detected alien worlds orbit the cool dwarf star designated LP415-17. The finding is reported January 18 in a paper published on the arXiv pre-print server.

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Bright fireball explodes over Michigan, USGS registers it as M2.0 earthquake

Bright fireball explodes over Michigan, USGS registers it as M2.0 earthquake:

A very bright fireball illuminated the sky over Michigan, US at 01:11 UTC on January 17, 2018 (20:11 EST, January 16) and was followed by a sonic boom heard over a wide area. The USGS registered it as M2.0 earthquake just north of Detroit, Michigan.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 356 witness reports by 08:35 UTC from Michigan, SE Wisconsin, NE Illinois, N Indiana, N Ohio (US) and S Ontario, Canada.

50 people reported concurrent sound associated with the event and 114 delayed. Reports are still coming in.

Asteroid Belt: Facts & Formation

H/t reader squodgy:

“There’s definitely an increase in the number of meteors colliding with our planet. The list is now endless and most burn up spectacularly.

This has nothing to do with the Grand Solar Minimum.

It can only be from something colliding with the asteroid belt which is situated just beyond Mars.

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Astronomers: ‘death star’ has devoured 15 Earth sized worlds

Astronomers: ‘death star’ has devoured 15 Earth sized worlds:

From PRINCETON UNIVERSITY and the “That’s no moon…” department:

Devourer of planets? Princeton researchers dub star ‘Kronos’

Sun-like star Kronos shows signs of having ingested 15 Earth masses worth of rocky planets, prompting Princeton astronomers to name it after the Titan who ate his children.

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The strange structures of the Saturn Nebula

The strange structures of the Saturn Nebula:

The spectacular planetary nebula NGC 7009, or the Saturn Nebula, emerges from the darkness like a series of oddly-shaped bubbles, lit up in glorious pinks and blues. This colorful image was captured by the powerful MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), as part of a study which mapped the dust inside a planetary nebula for the first time. The map — which reveals a wealth of intricate structures in the dust, including shells, a halo and a curious wave-like feature — will help astronomers understand how planetary nebulae develop their strange shapes and symmetries.

The Saturn Nebula is located approximately 5 000 light years away in the constellation of Aquarius (The Water Bearer). Its name derives from its odd shape, which resembles everyone’s favorite ringed planet.

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Four Earth-sized planets detected orbiting the nearest sun-like star

Four Earth-sized planets detected orbiting the nearest sun-like star:

A new study by an international team of astronomers reveals that four Earth-sized planets orbit the nearest sun-like star, tau Ceti, which is about 12 light years away and visible to the naked eye. These planets have masses as low as 1.7 Earth mass, making them among the smallest planets ever detected around nearby sun-like stars. Two of them are super-Earths located in the habitable zone of the star, meaning they could support liquid surface water.

The were detected by observing the wobbles in the movement of tau Ceti. This required techniques sensitive enough to detect variations in the movement of the star as small as 30 centimeters per second.

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Booze in Space: The Universe Is Drowning in Alcohol

Booze in Space: The Universe Is Drowning in Alcohol:

A cold beer on a hot day or a whisky nightcap beside a coal fire. A well earned glass can loosen your thinking until you feel able to pierce the mysteries of life, death, love and identity. In moments like these, alcohol and the cosmic can seem intimately entwined.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that the universe is awash with alcohol. In the gas that occupies the space between the stars, the hard stuff is almost all-pervasive. What is it doing there? Is it time to send out some big rockets to start collecting it?

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Mysterious ‘unseen planetary mass’ lurking at edge of solar system

– Mysterious ‘unseen planetary mass’ lurking at edge of solar system:

A mysterious, unseen, planetary object with a mass somewhere between that of Mars and Earth may be lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system, according to new research.

Scientists at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) put forward evidence that this unknown “planetary mass object” may explain why the plane of the solar system is warped in the outer reaches of the Kuiper Belt.

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Dramatic collision of two stars in 2022 linked to ancient Jewish prophecy about the coming of the Messiah

Dramatic collision of two stars in 2022 linked to ancient Jewish prophecy about the coming of the Messiah:

Citing an ancient prophecy, a prominent rabbi claims a forthcoming ‘red nova’ is evidence of the ‘the Messianic process’

The collision of two distant stars in 2022 is set to create an astronomical spectacle that could be viewed from planet Earth with the naked eye.

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