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“Magnetar Power” –Chandra Observatory Captures Exotic Object With Magnetic Field a Million-Billion Times Earth’s

 

 

Magnetar

 

When stars thirty times bigger than our sun explode, they produce a type of young neutron star called a magnetar –the most magnetic objects in the universe, with gravity a billion times Earth’s and a magnetic field one-thousand-trillion times stronger than our Sun’s. A blast from magnetar could blow our atmosphere into space, leaving Earth a lifeless rock. Astronomer Phil Plait describes death by a magnetar should you venture too close as “the tides tearing you to pieces, the fierce heat vaporizing you, the magnetic field tearing your atoms apart, or the intense gravity crushing you into a thin paste an atom high.”

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Planet Earth Report –“Unknown World of Giant Viruses to Harvard Astronomer says Expect the Unexpected”

Earth from Space

 

“Planet Earth Report” provides descriptive links to headline news by leading science journalists about the extraordinary discoveries, technology, people, and events changing our knowledge of Planet Earth and the future of the human species.

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The Galaxy Report –“Humans are Latecomers as a Technological Species to Unexplained Circles in Space”

The Galaxy Report

 

Welcome to our new weekly newsletter, bringing you exclusive, weekly insights and summaries of the discoveries, people and events that are changing our knowledge of the Universe and the future of the human species, including a weekly feature news story that has the capacity to provide clues to the mystery of our existence and add a much needed cosmic perspective in our current epoch.

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“Sent By an Alien World?” –Extraterrestrial Object Visited Our Solar System in 2017

 

Extraterrestrial Objects

 

“The idea of the existence of advanced extraterrestrial life is no more speculative than extra dimensions or dark matter. It fact, he says, it is less so,” says Harvard astrophysicist, Avi Loeb.

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Ripples in Spacetime –“Carry Clues to the Enigma of Our Rapidly Expanding Universe”

Galaxy Clusters

 

Following the inflationary epoch after the singularity of the Big Bang, the universe continued to expand, but at a slower rate. The acceleration of the expansion due to dark energy began after the universe was already over nine billion years old (four billion years ago). The weakest of the Standard Model forces, gravity, may provide the solution to this unsolved enigma –the cosmic elephant in the room–in astronomy.

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“Like the Floodlights of a Hollywood Movie Premier” –Hubble Captures Lightshow of a Supermassive Black Hole

 

Black Hole Lightshow

 

“These days, I’m mostly wandering into galaxies and looking for the light switch,” says Harvard astrophysicist Peter Maksym, who appears to have found the switch in the black hole in nearby galaxy IC 5063, where he Hubble Space Telescope has observed a collection of narrow bright rays and dark shadows beaming out of the blazingly bright center of the active galaxy. The supermassive ojbect where the supermassive object  –cosmic paradoxes where creation is destruction–swallows light and matter under the crushing pull of gravity, producing a powerful gusher of light from superheated infalling gas similar to the interplay of light and shadow in Earth’s sky at sunset. The bright rays and dark shadows appearing in IC 5063 are being caston a vastly larger scale, shooting across at least 36,000 light-years.

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“Image from the Dawn of the Universe” –Jet Pointed Toward Earth from a 12.8 Billion Year-Old ‘Blazar’ Galaxy

Blazar

 

The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons, said Edwin Hubble. Enter the radio “vision” of the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), which has revealed previously unseen details of a jet seen as it was when the universe was less than a billion years old, or just over 7 percent of its current age. The material was ejected at three-quarters the speed of light from the core of a galaxy some 12.8 billion light-years from Earth. The galaxy, dubbed PSO J0309+27, is a blazar, with its jet pointed toward Earth, and is the brightest radio-emitting blazar yet seen at such a distance. It also is the second-brightest X-ray emitting blazar at such a distance.

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Elusive Relics of the Big Bang to Revealing the Incomprehensible”

ESO VLT

 

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