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May 12, 2022 15:41:10   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
For the second time, scientists have produced an image of a black hole, the one at the center of our galaxy. There is lots of info on YouTube and elsewhere. It's located 25,800 light years from earth, so the picture is a bit blurry. Stars are circling it at up to 24,000,000 MPH.



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May 12, 2022 16:00:57   #
Craig Meyer Loc: Sparks, NV
 
SO!?!?!?! You're mirrorless now, boost the ISO, stand steady and get'er SHARP!

I think this is just the beginning of what the JWST will bring us.
Thanks, Jerry

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May 12, 2022 17:48:15   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Nat Geo has an article about that.

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May 12, 2022 18:13:53   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
Yes, the current thinking is that there is probably a black hole at the center of many, maybe, most galaxies!
Nearly 26,000 light years!!! to the center of our galaxy!!! And that's our neighborhood!!! It all boogles the mind, at least mine!!!

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May 12, 2022 18:24:00   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Retired CPO wrote:
Yes, the current thinking is that there is probably a black hole at the center of many, maybe, most galaxies!
Nearly 26,000 light years!!! to the center of our galaxy!!! And that's our neighborhood!!! It all boogles the mind, at least mine!!!

Ditto!

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May 12, 2022 20:44:35   #
BArthur3
 
And to think it "only" took a radio telescope system basically spread across half the world and then 5 years of analysis to turn the many petrabytes of data into a wonderful image. It is an absolute wow!! Yes the JWST will be the next major breakthrough. When I look through my 8" DOB and my Unistellar telescope/imager I'm certainly at least a bit envious The universe is indeed incredible.

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May 13, 2022 08:09:17   #
Jack47 Loc: Ontario
 
jerryc41 wrote:
For the second time, scientists have produced an image of a black hole, the one at the center of our galaxy. There is lots of info on YouTube and elsewhere. It's located 25,800 light years from earth, so the picture is a bit blurry. Stars are circling it at up to 24,000,000 MPH.


Most black holes I’m familiar with are potholes. 😱😱😱

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May 13, 2022 08:26:28   #
PaulBrit Loc: Merlin, Southern Oregon
 
Retired CPO wrote:
Yes, the current thinking is that there is probably a black hole at the center of many, maybe, most galaxies!
Nearly 26,000 light years!!! to the center of our galaxy!!! And that's our neighborhood!!! It all boogles the mind, at least mine!!!


And a ditto from me. The universe is beyond being vast. Planet Earth is 4.6 billion years old. We have had an oxygen atmosphere for over 2 billion years. And one can hardly comprehend the distances involved. Just try multiplying 26,000 by the distance light travels in a year! I have just finished Richard Dawkins book Evolution; what a read. (And something over 40% of Americans think the planet is just 10,000 years old!) The truth is that there is no God.

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May 13, 2022 08:56:28   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
BArthur3 wrote:
And to think it "only" took a radio telescope system basically spread across half the world and then 5 years of analysis to turn the many petrabytes of data into a wonderful image. It is an absolute wow!! Yes the JWST will be the next major breakthrough. When I look through my 8" DOB and my Unistellar telescope/imager I'm certainly at least a bit envious The universe is indeed incredible.


Right. And how did they compute that data from all over the world? They transported hard drives from all the telescopes to one central processing location.

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May 13, 2022 09:27:04   #
StanMac Loc: Tennessee
 
I didn’t know we were that close to the center of our galaxy. I thought we were some distance out in one of the spiral arms. I guess we’ll be gobbled up by that Black Hole sooner than I expected 😩

Stan

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May 13, 2022 09:57:52   #
kvanhook Loc: Oriental, NC
 
I once thought I had captured an image of a block hole. But, I had just forgotten to remove the lens cap.

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May 13, 2022 10:13:49   #
mr spock Loc: Fairfield CT
 
Retired CPO wrote:
Yes, the current thinking is that there is probably a black hole at the center of many, maybe, most galaxies!
Nearly 26,000 light years!!! to the center of our galaxy!!! And that's our neighborhood!!! It all boogles the mind, at least mine!!!


I agree.
When I was a kid I used to lay on the ground in an open field, stare at the stars, and imagine the concept of infinity. You travel as far as you possibly can and then..... you go more.
And you repeat this forever.
You would think there has to be and end somewhere.

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May 13, 2022 10:26:56   #
EdJ0307 Loc: out west someplace
 
Looks like they took the photo with the same camera that they use to take pictures of the UFOs that visit the earth.

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May 13, 2022 10:39:34   #
PaulBrit Loc: Merlin, Southern Oregon
 
kvanhook wrote:
I once thought I had captured an image of a block hole. But, I had just forgotten to remove the lens cap.


😀

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May 13, 2022 12:05:43   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
I always thought that a "black hole" was something that we threw camera, boat, and ukulele money into for it disappears and we never get it back.

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