One more thing to worry about

While we are all recovering from the news of the terrible fate that awaits us as outlined recently in Bali, astronomers have, for the first time, witnessed a super-massive black hole hitting a nearby galaxy with a “death-star-like” beam of energy.

The story also has a video with simulations, pictures, and explanations. “The ‘death star galaxy,’ as NASA astronomers called it, could obliterate the atmospheres of planets but also trigger the birth of stars in the wake of its destructive beam. Fortunately, the cosmic violence is a safe distance from our own neck of the cosmos.”

The deadly galaxy — the largest of two in a system known as 3C321 — is aiming the high-energy jet from its center at a smaller galaxy 20,000 light-years away from it, or roughly the distance from Earth to the Milky Way’s core. Both galaxies are situated about 1.4 billion light-years away from Earth. An artist’s conception is below:

A bright spot in a NASA composite image at the top of the article reveals that the beam is striking the edge of the smaller galaxy, deflecting the spindle of energy into intergalactic space. While not a direct hit, astronomers said the consequences are frightening.

But as they say, stuff happens, entropy occurs. And, it’s a reminder that we are nothing more than a fly speck on an elephants butt in the whole grand scheme of space, time, and energy.

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Gary
December 18, 2007 8:31 pm

Actually, we’re a semi-sentient fly speck on an elephants butt in the whole grand scheme of space, time, and energy…. and that’s important. We can dimly appreciate such awesome displays.

Ben
December 19, 2007 11:04 am

How cool is that! Even though I don’t “get” most of this, I’ve always loved astronomy, etc. Thanks for the post!

December 19, 2007 11:14 am

[…] cool is this? So, just dinking around looking at other blogs and I came across this: images of a “super-massive” black hole unleashing an enormous beam of energy into a […]

toantoan
December 19, 2007 9:29 pm

Einstein’s prediction was right. A black hole is a transferring tunnel between space in our three dimensional world. A black hole sucks everything (even light) into it. This is an interesting event. It sucks lots of mass, light, energy etc into its hole and spits out a beam of “focused” energy. The interesting part is how it convert this. [1: Sucks mass, light etc] — [2: Conversion] — [3: Spits out beamed energy]. How shall we explain this conversion?
Msc T

December 20, 2007 12:27 am

Well, maybe in our dimension, black holes suck things out of here and shoot them off somewhere else. Maybe that blue beam of energy is just coming from the hind end of some other black hole from another dimension. 🙂

SteveSadlov
December 20, 2007 8:32 pm

Someone mentioned Black Holes – how about Cygnus X-1?:

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