Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Black Hole Sun

Sorry, except that I'm not, that today is another astronomy post. And honestly, it's way better than yesterday's. 

Astronomers have found possibly the brightest object in the universe!  Even more luminous than my sunny disposition !!!!

It is a quasar and it is 500 TRILLION times more intense than our stupid old sun!

This quasar is fast moving and produced by a giant black hole (also not me!) that is devouring the equivalent of one sun per day. It is the fastest growing black hole known to astronomers. Or as one explained it: "the biggest gates to hell we have found anywhere in the universe."  It sounds like a Buffy / Sunnydale problem. 

Said one astronomer: “We need to assume that this quasar is the most violent place that we know in the Universe because: the visible accretion disc is 7 light years across. This means you could expect burning hot temperatures, strong magnetic fields and wind speeds ranging from thousands of miles per second blasting across the outer edge, and “lightning bolts of cosmic size discharging everywhere.”

I mean, how is this NOT a movie?  It's got John Cusak's name all over it. 

The light emitted by this quasar is 20,000 times as intense as that of the Milky Way galaxy, So intense, that if the object was placed in the center of the Milky Way, it would never again turn night on Earth. While it is a bright object, light from J0529-4351 still took 12 billions (with a B) years to reach us. 

So, the 2024 presidential election still holds more concern than three paragraphs up. 

Honestly, I'd rather deal with lightning, wind, hot temperatures and magnetic fields than have to listen to a campaign season of BLOTUS and Pappy Joe. 

Song by: Soundgarden


Old Lurker said...

You do seem to have a sunny disposition today. I hope that means the COVID has been mild? I am still going to nag you to take it easy.

James Dwight Williamson said...

As long as Pappy Joe wins I will listen to anything