“No Jupiter, No Advanced Life? ” (‘2012 Most Popular’)

 

 

            
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What are the implications of a star systems missing a massive gas giant such as our Solar Systems'Jupiter –it could imply conditions of massive bombardment from comets and asteeoids that would prevent the development of advanced life.

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“No Jupiter, No Advanced Life? ” (‘2012 Most Popular’)

 

 

            
6a00d8341bf7f753ef017ee5acaf14970d.jpg

 

What are the implications of a star systems missing a massive gas giant such as our Solar Systems'Jupiter –it could imply conditions of massive bombardment from comets and asteeoids that would prevent the development of advanced life.

(more…)

“No Jupiter, No Advanced Life? ” (‘2012 Most Popular’)

 

 

            
6a00d8341bf7f753ef017ee5acaf14970d.jpg

 

What are the implications of a star systems missing a massive gas giant such as our Solar Systems'Jupiter –it could imply conditions of massive bombardment from comets and asteeoids that would prevent the development of advanced life.

(more…)

Colossal Black Hole Equal to 17 Billion Suns Discovered (‘2012 Most Popular’)

 

           Lenticular galaxy NGC 1277

 

A group of astronomers led by Remco van den Bosch from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) have discovered a black hole that could shake the foundations of current models of galaxy evolution. The Hubble image above shows the small, flattened disk galaxy NGC 1277, which contains one of the biggest central super-massive black holes ever found in its center. With the mass of 17 billion Suns, the black hole weighs in at an extraordinary 14% of the total galaxy mass –a mass much greater than current models predict — in particular in relation to the mass of its host galaxy. This could be the most massive black hole found to date. Astronomers would have expected a black hole of this size inside blob-like (“elliptical”) galaxies ten times larger. Instead, this black hole sits inside a fairly small disk galaxy.

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Colossal Black Hole Equal to 17 Billion Suns Discovered (‘2012 Most Popular’)

 

           Lenticular galaxy NGC 1277

 

A group of astronomers led by Remco van den Bosch from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) have discovered a black hole that could shake the foundations of current models of galaxy evolution. The Hubble image above shows the small, flattened disk galaxy NGC 1277, which contains one of the biggest central super-massive black holes ever found in its center. With the mass of 17 billion Suns, the black hole weighs in at an extraordinary 14% of the total galaxy mass –a mass much greater than current models predict — in particular in relation to the mass of its host galaxy. This could be the most massive black hole found to date. Astronomers would have expected a black hole of this size inside blob-like (“elliptical”) galaxies ten times larger. Instead, this black hole sits inside a fairly small disk galaxy.

(more…)

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