“Devoured” –Was It a Bizarre Black Hole or a Neutron Star?

NASA: Black Hole Devouring a Star

 

Astronomers are confident that they’ve just detected the first black hole gobbling up a neutron star, with one slight but intriguing possibility that the swallowed object was a very light black hole—”much lighter than any other black hole we know about in the Universe.”

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“Intergalactic Pinball” — Millions of Strange, Jupiter-Sized Objects Lurking in the Milky Way

Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole

 

There could be millions of strange Jupiter-sized, almost-planets in the Milky Way created by the monster black hole that lurks at its center, says UCLA’s Andrea Ghez, an expert on our galaxy’s central black hole, Sagittarius A*. “Still more could be interlopers from our neighboring galaxies, punted into space by their central black holes in an epic game of intergalactic pinball.”

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Carl Sagan Foreshadows USA 2019

Dark Energy Survey

 

“The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance,” ― Carl Sagan, 1995, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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Planet Earth Report –“The Conscious Universe to Human Endurance Limit Found”

Earth from the ISS

 

The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.

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“Vanished!” –New Supernova Discovered That Utterly Annihilates

Supernova SN 2016iet

 

“How such a massive star can form in complete isolation is still a mystery,” said Sebastian Gomez, at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics . “When we first realized how thoroughly unusual SN 2016iet is, my reaction was ‘Whoa—did something go horribly wrong with our data?'”

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“Alien Glow” –May Indicate Hidden Biospheres on Exoplanets

Hidden Biosphere

 

“This is a completely novel way to search for life in the universe. Just imagine an alien world glowing softly in a powerful telescope,” said lead author Jack O’Malley-James, a researcher at Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute about ultraviolet radiation flares from red suns that might trigger a protective glow from life called biofluorescence.

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