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Ep. 16, Page 53
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Comic 1018 - Ep. 16, Page 53

3rd May 2012, 4:03 PM in Episode 16 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)

Author Notes:

smbhax 3rd May 2012, 4:03 PM edit delete
Gahh it got so late last night working on this that I forgot to upload it. :|

Well here's a picture of a newly discovered ultraluminous X-ray source ("ULX") in galaxy M83--it's that deep pink spot at the top middle. This one seems to be coming from a very large stellar black hole--40 to 100 solar masses--with an unusually old stellar partner, putting its age at about 500 million years; that would make it the oldest black hole of this size spotted to date, suggesting that there are lots of other old black holes out there, just waiting to be found:


cattservant 3rd May 2012, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
One of those timeless pauses...
cattservant 3rd May 2012, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
About the ULX; A defining example of the difference between seeing and understanding!

I wonder if there are ecosystems built up around old black holes analogous to those around thermal vents under the ocean? Seems as though any energy source would be exploited in some manner.
smbhax 3rd May 2012, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
A life form evolved to live on gamma rays? Man I wouldn't want to run into them! :o
cattservant 4th May 2012, 12:34 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, being denizens of black holes, they would probably suck!*

*(of course, they might be very attractive)
moizmad 4th May 2012, 5:11 PM edit delete reply
I think one of them is going to ask her to dance.
smbhax 4th May 2012, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
In a manner of speaking, maybe =o