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« on: May 14, 2008, 04:04:36 PM »

from the Chandra observatory website:

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NASA will announce the discovery of an object in our Galaxy astronomers have been hunting for more than 50 years. Tune in on May 14, at 1 p.m. EDT.

So, any guesses?  There's a podcast that will be available for those interested.
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2008, 04:17:01 PM »

I'm praying for something universally interesting like an earth-like planet, something that has a chance of getting people really excited about space exploration again.  I'm expecting something only geeks will find interesting, like Neal's guess that it's this dark matter related discovery.
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2008, 04:24:28 PM »

I have been looking around trying to get a feel for what message board weenies think this might be. It seems the most common is something dark matter related, followed closely by more concrete proof of black holes, followed by significant water deposits on Mars/the Moon/whatever, and then of course dummies like me hoping like Pug that its an Earth "class" planet.
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2008, 04:30:18 PM »

Think evidence of the massive black hole seem pretty high since they said they found it using the x-ray telescope.
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2008, 04:43:08 PM »

The statements "an object" and "been hunting for more than 50 years" are both pretty loaded.  There was already the discovery of a dark matter galaxy back in 2005, so my bet is less on dark matter and more toward something else.
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2008, 04:51:32 PM »

I go with black hole that is or is near Sagitarius A*. So basically at the center of the Galaxy is a black hole. Seems to be conflict on whether or not its a black hole from my little googlefu so maybe they have more evidence to lean one way or another now.

A recent article about Xray burst from SagA 50 years ago which fits with the first post:
Sagittarius A* Black Hole Awoke From Slumber Just 300 Years Ago (Apr 08)

"Last year, a team led by Michael Muno, who now works at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., used Chandra observations of X-ray light echoes to show that Sagittarius A* generated a powerful burst of X-rays about 50 years ago about a dozen years before astronomers had satellites that could detect X-rays from outer space. "The outburst three centuries ago was 10 times brighter than the one we detected," says Muno."

Though the last part about sats not being around to detect it make it maybe not fit, unless it was detected by ground based instruments.
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2008, 05:18:19 PM »

Fucking supernova.

http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2008/g19/media/

So wanted......something more interesting.
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2008, 05:22:41 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on May 14, 2008, 05:18:19 PM

Fucking supernova.

http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2008/g19/media/

So wanted......something more interesting.

Wait I don't understand, we have known about (and have visual evidence of) supernovas for some time now-why is this the discovery of the last 50 years?
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2008, 05:23:44 PM »



Its all just a smokescreen since the Vatican says is OK to believe in aliens.
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2008, 05:24:03 PM »

I guess they never found a supernova in OUR galaxy......
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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2008, 05:24:08 PM »

That sucked.   thumbsdown
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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2008, 05:25:40 PM »

AND THE CROWD GOES back to bed.
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« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2008, 05:38:38 PM »

Yeah, kinda lame.  As for it being the first that we've discovered, it's not.  It's just the most recent that we've discovered (about 100 years old).
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« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2008, 05:46:25 PM »

It's a supernova remnant (which I presume means a neutron star, gas sphere, and shock wave). Seeing one so young is almost like witnessing a supernova in real time.

Certainly the kind of news only an astronomer will love. I don't understand why NASA gave this a week-long buildup. Bad PR, guys.
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« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2008, 06:00:16 PM »

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on May 14, 2008, 05:23:44 PM


Its all just a smokescreen since the Vatican says is OK to believe in aliens.

Now THAT'S what i call "hedging your bets".
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« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2008, 12:03:27 PM »

Another reason to pull nasa funding and put the money toward water desalination, disease cures, and fixing healthcare.
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« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2008, 12:58:17 PM »

Quote from: hepcat on May 14, 2008, 06:00:16 PM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on May 14, 2008, 05:23:44 PM


Its all just a smokescreen since the Vatican says is OK to believe in aliens.

Now THAT'S what i call "hedging your bets".
Seriously! Haven't they seen The War of the Worlds where the priest tries to reckon with the aliens?
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« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2008, 04:21:29 PM »

Those pictures are facinating.
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« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2008, 04:50:32 PM »

Yep, Supernova. They were talking about it on the radio yesterday.
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« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2008, 04:52:58 PM »

I can see Uranus.
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« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2008, 04:57:01 PM »

You all missed the point. This was a CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA in the sky!
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