Monday, March 22, 2010

Ancient Galactic Black Holes


You're no doubt aware of how powerful the Spitzer Space Scope is. NASA can take alot of credit here. Astronomers have discovered what seem to be the earliest, most supermassive black holes known to mankind. Whew....

What they've basically found - and what it means to understanding our own origins - are ancient quasars born in a dust-free universe - the earliest stages of evolution. (A quasar is what you get when matter interacts with massive black holes. It gives off radiation and more light than any star) The universe didn't have any dust at its inception which tells astronomers that quasars from that time should also be dust-free. But no one has seen one - UNTIL NOW! Spitzer has identified two, the smallest on record, about 13 billion light years from earth. O yea. Here's a quasar over 3 billion light years from earth; isn't it beautiful?
Below is an image caught of a supermassive massive black hole as it eclipses in its galaxy NGC1365 (NGC=New Galactic Cataloge)So think about it: these supermassive black holes existed around the time the early universe did not yet have the ability to form dust, about a billion years post Big Bang. The picture below is of a system containing two quasars about 4.6 billion years away. Now that's pretty amazing since the scientific age of earth is 4.6 billion years old. You're looking at something just as it appeared when earth was still forming out of colliding asteroids, comets, etc.
We're gazing back at the beginnings of time and space - nothing less.
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Now for your jaw-dropping viewing pleasure, this is the image taken by Hubble of "The Veiled Black Hole". The left is the x-ray image and the right shows the galaxy it is interacting with. That's right - black holes are not black.

15 comments:

Ally Lifewithally said...

I found this subject facinating ~ I loved the pictures ~ Ally x

staceyjwarner said...

amazing....

much love

Jeanie said...

This is mind boggling and asks one to ponder a lot on the origin of life. To think that black holes aren't really black? Is the light coming from planets being swallowed up or explosing as they enter it Are they the entrance to a parallel dimension or universe? Thanks for giving my old brain a whack. lol I will lie awake wondering about it all now. lol
Great pictures Cathy!
Great entry too.
Hugs
Jeanie

Remo said...

:)

Big Mark 243 said...

I wonder if you ever gave like a seminar or something of that nature at a library or observatory. I think you would do a wonderful job.

Each time you post an entry, I find that I am entranced as I look into the infinte. 'Dare To Think' is certainly a proper fit for this blog!!

DB said...

I'm with Mark. Give lectures or something.

I read that it is thought the holes are they way they are because they are drawing pariticles into themselves fsster than the speed of light.

DB

John Hayes said...

Beautiful images! Thanks!

donn w2Nz said...

"We're gazing back at the beginnings of time and space - nothing less"

This is absolutely brilliant..mindblowing..shtuff!

LOVE IT!

HERCULES HUNT BLOG said...

Wow that is so interesting Cathy...there is so much we don't know or are just discovering. The pictures are amazing; but why do we call them black holes? They are so colorful and beautiful...thanks for posting on this fascinating topic.
Hugs
HH

Alice said...

Pictures like this is one reason why I'm hooked on the science channel:) Amazing info to bounce around in one's head.LOL

Diane J Standiford said...

wow man

tony said...

Beyond Our Dreams.Lovely Post Cathy .

Heli gunner Tom said...

Hi Kathy,
Thank you for the truthful, candid comment on my humble Blog: TOM'S JOURNAL. Few people now days have that precious commodity.
And to a large degree, I agree that much if not most "organized religion" is dangerous to your everlasting life.

I choose to put all my 'Faith' and trust in Jesus Christ, and the KJV Bible. Please see: biblefortoday.org

Warm Regards,
Tom S
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Disabled Vietnam Veteran: 68-70
Jesus is Lord.

natalie said...

Dear Cathy, very beautiful! I love those beginning colored energy masses that started the whole thing! Please come by and leave some comments at Lurkynat! I miss your wise face over there!Have agreat weekend
love,natalie

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