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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Hidden Planets at Milky Way Center to Very Strange Stars”

 

ESO VLT

 

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Planet Earth Report –“Unexpected New Quantum Theory of Reality to an Earth-Trojan Alien Probe?”

Earth from Space

 

Another amazing week on Planet Earth, with news stories ranging from quantum computers are revealing an unexpected new theory of reality to James Benford’s search for extraterrestrial artifacts to the 2.5 billion Tyrannosaurus rex that lived during the species 2.4 million years of existence on Earth.

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“The Galaxy With One Star” –A Profound Puzzle for Physics

 

Black Hole

 

“If this monster was at the center of the Milky Way it would likely make life on Earth impossible with the huge amounts of x-rays emanating from it,” said Christian Wolf, with the Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics who made the momentous detection in 2018. “It would appear 10 times brighter than a full moon, an incredibly bright pin-point star that would almost wash out all of the stars in the sky. It’s probably 10,000 times brighter than the galaxy it lives in.” So bright, that it if we were approaching the galaxy in a starship, the object would so blind our view that  we could not see the galaxy itself.

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Monster Black Hole at the Beginning of the Universe –“Unseen Spinning Source of Creation”

Quasar J1007+2115

 

When the iconic black hole the size of our Solar System located at the center of the galaxy M87 was imaged in 2019, astronomers described it as witnessing the “gates of Hell and the end of spacetime.” Fast forward to today, astronomers using three Maunakea Observatories in Hawai’i describe the second-most distant quasar ever found at a cosmological redshift greater than 7.5, and it hosts a black hole twice as large as the other quasar known in the same era. They call this new quasar Pōniuā`ena, which means “unseen spinning source of creation, surrounded with brilliance” in the Hawaiian language. The light observed from Pōniuā`ena reached Earth 13 billion years after leaving the quasar just 700 million years after the Big Bang.

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Astronomers Peer Through the Fog at Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole –“Is It Emitting a Jet Angled Toward Earth?”

 

Black Hole

 

In 2019 astronomers lifted the veil on the monster black hole called Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) at the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy. Using computer modelling, the scientists simulated the material inside the thick cloud of plasma, dust and gas surrounding Sgr A*.  The results pointed to the possibility of a relativistic jet coming from the supermassive black hole with an inclination that is aligned with Earth’s viewing point. 

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“Dark Matter is a Mythical Beast” –A Figment of Our Ignorance

 

Dark Matter

 


What if gravity is an illusion, a cosmic side effect of something else going on at deeper levels of reality? The classical theory of gravity is in dire need of new approaches, since it doesn’t combine well with quantum physics. Both theories, crown jewels of 20th century physics, cannot be true at the same time. A Dutch theoretical physicist and string theorist, Erik Verlinde, proposes a starkly different theory – the t
heory of emergent gravity. “For me gravity doesn’t exist,” he says. “We might be standing on the brink of a new scientific revolution that will radically change our views on the very nature of space, time and gravity.”

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“Warping Spacetime to Explore Uncharted Realms” –NASA Seeks Out Hidden Planets at Milky Way’s Center

Milky Way Center

 

Named after Nancy Roman, known as the “Mother of Hubble,” NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Telescope will explore uncharted regions of the galaxy for exoplanets, focusing on star-systems toward the crowded, chaotic center of our Milky Way galaxy. Studying the population properties of exoplanets will help us understand what planetary systems throughout the galaxy are like and how planets form and evolve.

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A New State of Matter –“Black Hole Physics of Strange Metals”

A New State of Matter --"The Black Hole Physics of Strange Metals"

 

“Not only does God play dice but… he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen,” said Stephen Hawking about the paradoxical physics of black Holes. Welcome to the bizarre quantum world of “strange metals” –a new state of matter.

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