Month: February 2013

KICKASS black hole results released.

KICKASS black hole results released.

Results from the NuSTAR telescope launched last June have been released. Specifically, they’ve been studying the supermassive black hole of galaxy NGC 1365. Not getting into specifics, I’ll just share this. It is spinning so fast (meaning it’s consuming a lot at a consistent rate) that it is going 84% as fast as the theory of general relativity allows..

Meaning: if you stood close enough to this black hole, you would have to spin around it once ever 4 minutes just to stand still. Yeah.. wrap your mind around that.

Ceres – the planet you never knew about.

Ceres - the planet you never knew about.

This is the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system. Most dwarf planets, such as Pluto or Makemake exist beyond Neptune, in and around the Kuiper Belt. This dwarf planet exists beyond Mars, in the asteroid belt. It was discovered in 1801.
A probe that just photographed another large object in the asteroid belt, Vesta (look up pictures, it is AMAZING), is now on it’s way to Ceres. In just a couple years we will be able to view it’s surface with the same resolution we can observe the moon in. IE: Very, very well.
There are several other amazing objects outside our planet’s orbits (and within), but I chose this one because we are on our way there now, and because it is the closest dwarf planet known.

The (REAL) dark side of the moon

The (REAL) dark side of the moon

This is the side of the moon we never see. It is considerably more rigid and cratered than the side we see. A popular theory and mathematical computer simulations are now strongly suggesting this is because we once had 2 moons that collided very slowly – around 5,000 mph. This “splattered” the smaller companion moon’s crust on one side of the Moon’s surface. Pretty awesome read. Link below.