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« Topic Start: November 12, 2010, 06:08:56 pm »

This could be very interesting:

WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 15, to discuss the Chandra X-ray Observatory's discovery of an exceptional object in our cosmic neighborhood....

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/nov/HQ_M10-157_Chandra_Update.html

Any bets on what this might be? (An apocalyptic asteroid heading our way for...2012?Huh!!!)
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« Reply #1: November 12, 2010, 06:38:03 pm »


What does "cosmic neighborhood" mean? Solar system?
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« Reply #2: November 12, 2010, 07:41:55 pm »

What does "cosmic neighborhood" mean? Solar system?

It looks like a deliberately ambiguous term to me.

If I remember, I'll tune in on the live feed.

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« Reply #3: November 12, 2010, 08:03:17 pm »

Any bets on what this might be? (An apocalyptic asteroid heading our way for...2012?Huh!!!)

Some type of "nearby" supernova remnant is my first guess as Dr Weaver and Dr Filippenko share that interest.
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« Reply #4: November 13, 2010, 09:04:53 pm »

Some type of "nearby" supernova remnant is my first guess as Dr Weaver and Dr Filippenko share that interest.

oh man, I'm totally geeking out here!

... don't look for me to be around on Monday. Cheesy  mmm, astrophysics geekery ... mmmmmm
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« Reply #5: November 14, 2010, 03:07:50 pm »

WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 15, to discuss the Chandra X-ray Observatory's discovery of an exceptional object in our cosmic neighborhood....

I'm always tickled when I see mention of Chandra.  The husband I don't mention around here much was part of the technical crew of the scope for about the first five years of its working life (starting prior to launch).
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« Reply #6: November 14, 2010, 10:18:36 pm »

I'm always tickled when I see mention of Chandra.  The husband I don't mention around here much was part of the technical crew of the scope for about the first five years of its working life (starting prior to launch).

Okay, that's hot.
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« Reply #7: November 15, 2010, 12:15:49 pm »


So what was the conference about?
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« Reply #8: November 15, 2010, 01:51:06 pm »

So what was the conference about?

Apparently a baby black hole.

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/nov/HQ_10-299_CHANDRA.html
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« Reply #9: November 15, 2010, 02:12:14 pm »

Apparently a baby black hole.

Or perhaps a baby rapidly spinning neutron star. It could be either, although black hole is more likely due to the mass of the original star.
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« Reply #10: November 15, 2010, 03:07:46 pm »

Or perhaps a baby rapidly spinning neutron star. It could be either, although black hole is more likely due to the mass of the original star.

I'm a little ticked by it being characterized as "in our cosmic neighborhood"; heck, it's not even in our own galaxy! But I guess it's all relative.
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« Reply #11: November 15, 2010, 05:09:58 pm »

I'm a little ticked by it being characterized as "in our cosmic neighborhood"; heck, it's not even in our own galaxy! But I guess it's all relative.

It's actually fairly close as "cosmic" distances go. However, I was hoping for something much closer to home. Sad
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« Reply #12: November 16, 2010, 09:06:35 am »

It's actually fairly close as "cosmic" distances go. However, I was hoping for something much closer to home. Sad

Given what they found, I'm actually glad it ISN'T closer ... Cheesy
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« Reply #13: November 16, 2010, 01:02:27 pm »


THIRTY YEAR OLD BLACK HOLE??? but wait... It's 50 million light years away, so it's *not* really 30 years old. What do they mean when they give the age of an object? The time since it was first observed?
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« Reply #14: November 16, 2010, 01:20:36 pm »

THIRTY YEAR OLD BLACK HOLE??? but wait... It's 50 million light years away, so it's *not* really 30 years old. What do they mean when they give the age of an object? The time since it was first observed?

What our telescopes are seeing is the object when it WAS 30 yrs old.  Yes, it's a lot older now in reality, but in our perception .. well, for research purposes perception really IS what matters.
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