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Our Black Hole is Gonna Blow (pun) Ghostly Jets Seen Streaming from Milky Way's Core / Gas Cloud Hurtling Towards Milky Way

Ghostly jets seen streaming from Milky Way's core:

Ron Cowen
30 May 2012

Newly discovered γ-ray jets (pink) and bubbles (purple), shown in this artist's conception, suggest that the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way was active as recently as 20,000 years ago.

Astronomers have found the best evidence yet that the dormant gravitational monster that lies at the centre of the Milky Way — a supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A* — recently emitted a pair of γ-ray jets.

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Gas cloud hurtling towards Milky Way's black hole may harbour young star

Ron Cowen
11, September 2012

A gas cloud that is careering towards the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way may be the visible trail of a planet-forming disk surrounding a young, low-mass star, astrophysicists propose.

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Dark Energy

Is a legitimate field of research with NASA. My Uncle actually was the project head at the JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) for research on Dark Energy.

Fascinating. Thanks for sharing. Plus you might want to watch

HISTORY Channel's "Ancient Aliens" episode on 2012. In it evidence is provided that the Mayan Calendar "ends" on December 21,2012 because the earth will be in EXACT alignment with the sun and this "Super Black Hole". The episode also mentions that the Mayan Calendar is as accurate as an atomic clock tthrough three decimal places and that other cultures anticipate the same "End of Time," though no else has an exact date (or, for that matter, the accurate calendar of the Mayans).

This episode is available right now on XFINITY ON DEMAND.

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By the way, Sagittarius A* is reported to be at

By the way, Sagittarius A* is reported to be at 25,900 plus or minus 1,400 light years from us :


If we can trust the plus or minus 1,400 light years error margin, I suppose(?) we're still safe whatever its last known observed activity was.


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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Extremely exaggerated title of fear

Even though the subject is very interesting.

An exaggerated title on DP!?


Bugger. And here I was worrying about NDAA and QE3

Bugger. And here I was worrying about NDAA and QE3 for nothing. When our black hole blows, we'll have only 150,000 years to get our house in order and get outta dodge.

We'd better stimulate our economy NOW, to achieve that 40,000% annual growth target in order to liberate ourselves from earthly necessity while we still got a freakin' chance.

Who was drafting H.R. 1, the Galactic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 20,013? Me? You? Who's got it?

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

I think this is awesome

I worshiped Carl Sagan's books as a kid.

I have a theory about the universe which may very likely be wrong. Everything expands to a certain point, then starts contracting because of gravity and stars collapsing into each other until all the galaxies coalesce into a tiny dot of infinite density after hundreds of million or billions (please excuse my ignorance) of years and then once the black hole (tiny almost infinite or maybe infinite dot) swallows everything there is another big bang spewed out the other side and a new universe is created.

Maybe I read too much science fiction as a kid.

At first I thought no way since matter keeps moving in a vacuum but then I kept thinking of gravity. Gravity pulls those galaxies together and I think gravity will slow down the expansion of the universe. We will never know though. Our universe will continually expand way thru our lifetimes.

Even if we are less than 18 years old and nanomedicine takes effect and we live to be near 1000 years old. Kinda scary. Will tptb let us live that long? A fellow in nanotech says if you are a child now you will live near 1000 years old given our current course. He is optimistic but the tech is almost there. Maybe we even go through cycles on earth of a far shorter period than the universe and each cycle gets bigger with each increase in size.

Caveat: never studied astronomy in our school system...

I hope I'm explaining my half baked theory I arrived on while a teen. Galaxies collide and become one and thus become stronger "magnets" which pull the other galaxies into them. But this can only happen after a certain amount of expansion and enough gravitational pull and married galaxies marrying other married galaxies.

I know a lot of people here aren't too keen on the govt studying space but I think people should. Even if individuals. I know a lot of BS is earmarked. But I think either some private company or NASA should keep looking into the heavens. Where I live I can only see the Pleiades during winter and a few bright stars and sometimes a few planets.

Me and one of my neighbors used to take out our telescopes and look at stars. My neighbor had a way better telescope than I and he keeps talking about buying a new one, and I keep bugging him so I can buy his old one.

One fun thing I used to do with my son is go where there's no lights and try to count how many stars in the Pleiades we could see in view through my childhood telescope. Unfortunately it broke.

I think it's a good hobby. We sit during winter and drink beer, eat food and look at stars with our kids. Meanwhile most people are sitting at home watching who knows what. Oh, dancing with the stars? :P

I like reading about space.

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yes, it is possible everything is just one big yo-yo... on a cosmic scale of course.
it is equally possible that it is not. Natural laws are the only ones that truly exist. in my business, we have a device that is commonly referred to as a "vacuum pump" when you understand what a vacuum truly is..... you can then understand how silly this name is... pump a vacuum?
thanks for reminding me of this song...


we do NOT understand gravity, we THINK it is related to mass. but since we don't know what that even is......

"black holes" are based on the same concept as "dark energy"

if I am wrong, someone please correct me.
the LHC has failed to find the Higgs-Boson. therefore, this is all wild speculation. know why "dark energy" and "dark matter" are called that?
becuase we CANNOT effing prove they exist!!!
meanwhile, back at the farm.....


They found

the Higgs Boson a few weeks or months ago. They can measure the expansion of the universe which they believe is dark energy. What they believe that dark matter is (according to string theory)another universe's matter existing in a different dimension than our own. That is a loose definition of course. Black holes you can't observe directly but you can see the event horizon or the disk of material that is waiting to fall into the black hole, and you you can see with radio type telescopes the stream of gamma rays the are emitted from the poles. There is a picture out there of a super massive black hole at the center of a distant galaxy blasting another nearby galaxy with these charged particles and gamma rays. Look it up i think it is called the Death Star Galaxy in reference to Star Wars.

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our Liberty. -Thomas Jefferson

That was a pretty darn good way of explaining it!

yes, you seem to have a grasp on our best science.
my best understanding is that Hubble poked a big hole in Einstiens theory of relativity. the man himself spent the balance of his life trying to plug the hole..... he did not succeed and what we have is his best guess. or lamda.
we THINK that gravity is related to mass. the search for the higgs-boson was nothing more than an attempt to explain what mass is!!!!!
gravity remains Gold on the cieling..



he was working on his theory of everything that is what string theory is working on.

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our Liberty. -Thomas Jefferson

A "dark energy camera" are they getting desperate or what?

for 30 or 40 years all other efforts have failed. now they are going to take a picture of it..... ROFL...

what do you suppose the noobs who read that headline will think? that the camera works off of "DARK ENERGY" I said that with a booming vererberating voice btw......
seriosly, you just cant make this shit up.....



At least someone on here is rooted in reality.

close, only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

read the articles closer.
"Dark energy, a mysterious substance thought to"

our ENTIRE concept of what mass and gravity are.... are based on lamda. or Einstiens fudge factor.
I study energy. I find the subject endlessly fascinating....
I work with the concept of entropy everyday... it is a truly amazing law.... once properly understood. it evokes constant cognitive disssonance....
peace friend.

To quote Lloyd Bridges.

Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue!!

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Just switch back to smelly French cheese

Just switch back to smelly French cheese.

I promise you won't regret the new trip.


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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

lol that made my day

too hilarious

AP, Sep 2012 "A black hole at

AP, Sep 2012

"A black hole at the cente of the GOP was observed to be surrounded by clouds of credibility and integrity, which were being drawn in and destroyed. The clouds are known to be were new presidents are made, and it is possible that one new president is being drawn swiftly towards the black hole, named Tampa A*, while another has been released into space, to roam free."

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Fascinatng stuff

Given the distances involved, I don't think we have much to worry about for at least a few thousand years. We are approximately 27,000 light years from the galactic core. Whatever we are observing at the core happened at least that long ago. Even if something occurred then that would affect us (rather unlikely, actually), its permeation will be at less than the speed of light, which means it will not be here for quite a while.

Edit: Aw, ya beat me to the distance thing....

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The coolest thing is that because of the time it takes for light

to travel from the galaxy's center to us, it means that this thing we may be watching soon already happened around 26,000 to 28,000 years ago and is long over with... But we will only be seeing it now, in the near future.

forward this to

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that is interesting.

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Interesting to note the angle of these "jets"

seems to be quite close to the recurring 19.5º that seems to be showing up quite a bit lately.

I'm quite curious about the cyclical alignment of the Centre of the Milky Way / Our Sun / and Earth on....(drum roll please)... Dec. 21, 2012. That alignment will undoubtedly have electromagnetic effects on our energies, perhaps heralding the prophetic cosmic awakening foretold by countless civilizations that reference a 26,000 year cycle.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

You mean the 68,000,000 year cycle, not the 26,000 year cycle

You mean the 68,000,000 year cycle whereby our sun crosses the galactic plane, not the 26,000 year cycle of the earth's precession or "wobble on its axis." That one happens ALL the time... relatively speaking, of course!

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

Lol, who the h*ll knows

I've read so many different dates and cycles and so on. It's hard to keep it all organized. All I know is that we are undergoing tremendous change socially, politically, and consciously like never before. It seems too much of a coincidence that civilizations have written about such an "awakening" for centuries to occur around this point in modern history. I don't think it's all that important to agree on which cycle is responsible when the fact is that something IS happening and many feel it.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The 19.5 thing is one point

The 19.5 thing is one point that Richard Hoagland likes to push. While he has indeed dropped off the deep end in coming up with more and more fantastical stuff to keep his money supply coming in, the 19.5 thing is interesting in how many things relate to it.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Yeah, RCH is a bit too out there

A lot of his research is quite thorough and very interesting but he's a bit too stuck in his views. Not very open to alternative theories that go against his own. But yeah that 19.5 thing keeps popping up.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Good Heavens, is Hoagland STILL around?!

Good Heavens, is Hoagland STILL around?!

He didn't raise tuppence on his crappy "Crystal Cathedrals of Mars" speaking tour a decade back.

Thought he'd moved along to busing tables in roadside diners on old Rt. 66, entertaining truckers with quotations from his books.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"