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“Intergalactic Pinball” — Millions of Strange, Jupiter-Sized Objects Lurking in the Milky Way

Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole

 

There could be millions of strange Jupiter-sized, almost-planets in the Milky Way created by the monster black hole that lurks at its center, says UCLA’s Andrea Ghez, an expert on our galaxy’s central black hole, Sagittarius A*. “Still more could be interlopers from our neighboring galaxies, punted into space by their central black holes in an epic game of intergalactic pinball.”

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Carl Sagan Foreshadows USA 2019 (Weekend Feature)

Dark Energy Survey

 

“The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance,” ― Carl Sagan, 1995, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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Planet Earth Report –“The Conscious Universe to Human Endurance Limit Found”

Earth from the ISS

 

The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.

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“Vanished!” –New Supernova Discovered That Utterly Annihilates

Supernova SN 2016iet

 

“How such a massive star can form in complete isolation is still a mystery,” said Sebastian Gomez, at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics . “When we first realized how thoroughly unusual SN 2016iet is, my reaction was ‘Whoa—did something go horribly wrong with our data?'”

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“Alien Glow” –May Indicate Hidden Biospheres on Exoplanets

Hidden Biosphere

 

“This is a completely novel way to search for life in the universe. Just imagine an alien world glowing softly in a powerful telescope,” said lead author Jack O’Malley-James, a researcher at Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute about ultraviolet radiation flares from red suns that might trigger a protective glow from life called biofluorescence.

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“Milky Way’s First Intelligent Civilization?” –Zeroing In On Earth-like Planets

NASA TESS Mission

 

On February 5, 2019, The Galaxy reported that if advanced, space-faring alien life exist anywhere in the Milky Way, odds are they will live in the Galactic Habitable Zone (GHZ). And if they want to explore the Milky Way searching for other life-bearing planets, similar to Earth, they would only have to explore the GHZ, not the whole of the Galaxy.

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“Awakened” –Unknown Objects Detected Orbiting Milky Way’s Central Black Hole

 

Milky Way Galaxy

 

In August of 2016, The Galaxy reported that our “Milky Way’s ‘Lurking, Dormant Monster’ –“Our Central Black Hole Currently Fails to Outshine a Single Star.” Up until this May, 2019, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), appeared like a massive, dormant volcano, a sleeping monster, a slumbering region of spacetime where gravity is so strong that “what goes into them does not come out.”

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“Giant Planet Migration” –Clues to When Life First Emerged on Earth

Saturn's South Pole Aurora

 

“We know that giant planet migration must have taken place in order to explain the current orbital structure of the outer solar system,” said geologist Stephen Mojzsis at the University of Colorado about the “Giant Planet Migration” that could provide scientists with valuable clues around when life might have first emerged on Earth. “But until this study, nobody knew when it happened.”

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