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Comic 2104 - Ep. 28, Page 54

17th Mar 2016, 10:48 PM in Episode 28 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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smbhax 17th Mar 2016, 10:48 PM edit delete
smbhax
A reader linked me to a new article on Ars Technica titled Searching for the particle accelerator at the heart of the Milky Way, which describes a new scientific paper theorizing that the very high-energy cosmic rays (charged protons) we've detected here on Earth from time to time may have come from the supermassive black hole, called Sgr A*, at the center of our galaxy. They tallied gamma rays coming from the core—specifically, those matching the profile of gamma rays thought to be the product of one of these supercharged cosmic ray protons hitting another proton—and found that while a single supernova could produce sufficient energy to account for them, it is unlikely that there are enough supernovae going off to account for the total supply of these cosmic rays seen over time. So, the obvious long-term suspect in the core is A*; it isn't currently active enough to be producing reactions that would create these cosmic rays, but it would just have to swallow a design-sized chunk of matter to create some, so maybe it's a better candidate for producing them over time than sporadic supernovae. It's still just a theory but there you go!

Comments:

cattservant 18th Mar 2016, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
Gravity!
smbhax 18th Mar 2016, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
Our greatest enemy!!
moizmad 18th Mar 2016, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
moizmad
It could be the misery of psoriasis!
smbhax 18th Mar 2016, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
Eeep!
Honza Prchal 18th Mar 2016, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Check out this new class of galaxies found via archived telescope data: http://www.wsj.com/video/nasa-scientists-discover-colossal-super-spiral-galaxies/23769991-9636-41C4-99EF-E343C0D238A2.html
smbhax 18th Mar 2016, 9:40 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
Cool! Thanks for the tip! : D