The Galaxy Report –“2019 Nobel Prize Astronomer ‘Aliens Detected Within 30 Years’ to Milky Way Mystery”

 

ESO Observatories Chile

 

“The Galaxy Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our knowledge of our Galaxy and beyond.

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“The Gargantua Hypothesis” –Habitable Planets May Be Orbiting Black Holes

Supermassive Black Hole

 

Two prominent astronomers, Harvard’s Avi Loeb and NASA’s Jeremy Schnittman, have proposed that inhabited planets might exist around the black holes harbored at the center of most galaxies similar to the fictional waterworld planet Miller, the first planet in the system orbiting the supermassive black hole Gargantua in the movie Interstellar. It’s even possible that life may form on some of these planets, given that extremeophiles on Earth have adapted to boiling heat, freezing cold, and acidic, highly salty and even radioactive environments. (more…)

“Solar System King” –20 New Moons of Saturn Discovered, Trumping Jupiter

 

NASA Saturn Image

 

Twenty new moons have been discovered orbiting Saturn, bringing the planet’s total number of moons to 82, the most in the solar system, surpassing Jupiter, which has 79. The discovery, led by Carnegie’s Scott S. Sheppard, was announced Monday by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center.

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Andromeda’s Destiny to NASA Chief Scientist’s Alien Life Prediction”

 

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“Gargantuan Filaments” –Incubators of Supermassive Black Holes in Early Cosmos

Cosmic Filaments

 

New research from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research and the University of Tokyo suggests very strongly that gas falling along massive filaments under the force of gravity in the early universe triggered the formation of starbursting galaxies and supermassive black holes, giving the universe the structure that we see today. (more…)

“Fuzzy” —The Dark Matter Backbone of the Universe

Fuzzy Dark Matter

 

“The first galaxies in the early universe may illuminate what type of dark matter we have today,” says Mark Vogelsberger, associate professor of physics in MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. “Either we see this filament pattern, and fuzzy dark matter is plausible, or we don’t, and we can rule that model out. We now have a blueprint for how to do this.”

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