Scorpius Black Hole in the Milky Way Erupting!
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January 11, 2012

Scorpius Black Hole in the Milky Way Erupting!

 

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Astronomers observed a black hole named H1742-322 near the galactic center, approximately 28,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Scorpius, firing off two enormous “missiles” of ionized gas at nearly a quarter the speed of light, producing as much energy in an hour as the sun emits in five years. The team used the Very Large Baseline Array — a set of 10 radio telescopes located over a range of 5,000 miles.

“If your eyes were as sharp as the VLBA, you could see a person on the moon,” said physicist Gregory Sivakoff of the University of Alberta, who presented the findings Jan. 10 at the American Astronomical Society meeting.

A sun-like star orbits H1743 and the black hole will periodically steal matter from its companion. This gas and dust gets incorporated into a large disk that gets slowly sucked into the black hole. 
Though researchers don’t understand exactly how the process works, this disk constantly emits energetic jets of plasma that spew out in opposite directions. Occasionally these jets turn off, followed shortly by an enormous burst.

Sivakoff and his team, hoping to find the sequence of events that leads up to this outburst,  trained their instruments on H1743 in the summer of 2009 when prior to the cosmic gunshot, they detected a lump of material — likely an ionized blob of gas — spiraling its way down toward the black hole’s center. Known as a quasi-periodic oscillation, or QPO. The gas blob vanished shortly before the steady jets turned off, followed several days later by the first missile shot, followed shortly by a second ejection the next day. 

“The simultaneity is clearly an important piece of evidence tying the QPO and the jet,” said Sivakoff, though he added that all the details are not yet completely known.

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The Daily Galaxy via http://aas.org/ and wired.com

Comments

hmm . . . ok, so a supposed 'black hole' near the galactic center emits a stream of electro-magnetic radiation in a dual-jet of plasma, producing as much energy in an hour as the sun emits in five years.

Birkeland currents.

nice fake photo to top it off with. LOL

what's wrong with this picture?

Well I thought I would add something to the comment thread because basically I didn't like the negative comment posted above mine. I think its an interesting piece and I laugh at comments like the one above after reviewing the guys site (don't go there, you'll give him more hits, and that might be his intent) and hearing him complain about global warming/climate change in one of his posts. This isn't about him or me and just ignore both comments. Comment on the subject matter itself.

that's right michael. nothing to see here, move along. stay asleep.

Orkneylad - whilst I agree with your sentiments, being sarcastic is NOT the way to bring about change in astronomy, you'll just be derided and pigeonholed as a nutjob. Pointing out the similarities between astronomical phenomena and plasma experiments on earth *might* get people thinking (and some already are), but the inertia of current theories is still against you. Rise above the rhetoric they throw at you.

Michael - although you may not believe Orkneylad's OPINIONS, telling people to ignore him is as bad as sticking your fingers in your ears and singing la-la-la. Ever tried researching plasma physics? it's an eye opener.

Vicomt - I accept what you say with good grace, at the same time I'm happy to accept a perch in the dovecote away from the 'cul-de-sac' that astronomy has walked into, and seems unable to escape from.

As Halton Arp once said; "Quick! The mustard!"

Lord Krishna / God / Great Energetic from Spiritual World not material r so called Antimaterial World , CREATES Black Holes = material Universe Eggs!!! Great amount of energy is released then. aloha, hare krsna, yhs Revati devi dasi Desiree Kamilo.

From the sequence of images above it seems the black hole is about 5 light-hours to 12 light-hours across. Isn't that a bit too small?

12 light hours is still pretty big.. According to Wikipedia, the semi-major axis of Pluto's orbit is about 5.473 light-hours

First line of article:

"Astronomers observed a black hole..."

No, they didn't. End of story.


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