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The discovery of the largest galaxy ever shocks the researchers

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The biggest galaxy ever seen, known as Alcyoneus, has been discovered, according to a recent study that was published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Alcyoneus is an elliptical galaxy that is 160 times bigger than our Milky Way galaxy and is located around 3 billion light-years from Earth. It has a diameter of 16.3 million light-years.

Alcyoneus is a radio galaxy, which means that its supermassive black hole consumes matter and produces two plasma jets that travel at almost the speed of light. After traveling millions of light-years, these jets cooled down and fanned out, generating radio waves that made the galaxy visible to scientists.

While plasma-filled radio lobes are common in galaxies, the magnitude of Alcyoneus’ lobes is unique, making it difficult to understand how it expanded to such extent. When going through data seeking for big, diffuse radio lobes, the researchers analyzed data gathered by the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR), a network of radio telescopes across Europe. They stumbled onto Alcyoneus by accident.

One theory being considered by experts looking at the probable origins of Alcyoneus’ enormous size is that its surroundings may be less dense than normal, enabling its jets to extend to previously unheard-of sizes. Another theory is that Alcyoneus is located within the cosmic web’s filament, a structure made of gas and dark matter that connects galaxies.

The explanation for why Alcyoneus has grown to such a vast extent, according to the researchers, will provide light on how other galaxies develop. They point out that the biggest giant radio galaxies will probably have them if host galaxy traits are crucial for giant radio galaxy development. The biggest radio galaxies are anticipated to be located in certain large-scale settings that are particularly favorable for gigantic radio galaxy development.

Alcyoneus, despite its enormous size, has a center supermassive black hole that is 100 times less massive than the biggest known black hole and a total mass that is around half that of the Milky Way.

Reference(s): Research Article

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‘October Surprise’: Russia To Launch Nukes in Space

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The ‘national security threat’ announced on Wednesday is
about Russia planning to launch nuclear weapons in space, causing some
to speculate whether it’s really an election year ploy.

The panic began when House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner
(R-Ohio) asked President Biden to declassify information about a
“serious national security threat”.

Modernity.news reports: The weapon would reportedly be designed to be used to take out satellites.

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) responded by telling reporters he wanted “to assure the American people, there is no need for public alarm.”

The big, scary threat is serious business and involves a space-based nuke controlled by evil dictator Putin, but it’s also “not an immediate crisis,” according to what three members of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee have told Politico.

Okay, then. Just for election season, is it?

Zero Hedge reports: “So, the question is – was this:

a) a distraction from Biden’s broken brain, or

2) a last desperate attempt to get more funding for anything-but-the-US-border, or

iii) a path to pitching Putin as the uber-bad-guy again after his interview with Tucker Carlson.”

Just by coincidence, Mike Turner recently returned from Ukraine having lobbied for billions more in weapons and aid for Zelensky’s government.

Some questioned the timing, suggesting it might all be a deep state plot to keep American voters afraid when they hit the ballot box.

Speculation will now rage as to whether this is “the event,” real or imagined, that billionaires and elitists the world over have been building underground survival bunkers in preparation for.

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Earth has built-in protection from asteroids

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Asteroids are not just wandering space rocks, but a potential threat
to Earth. But what if the Earth already has its own built-in defenses
against them? Recent research published on the preprint server arXiv puts forward an unusual theory: Earth’s gravitational forces may serve as its secret shield against asteroids.

Our
planet uses powerful gravitational interactions with other celestial
bodies to break apart asteroids that approach it. These tidal forces,
akin to those that explain Earth’s tides caused by the Moon, can be so
intense that objects undergo tidal disruption, causing them to be torn
apart.

Observations of fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 after
its collision with Jupiter in 1994 provided the first confirmation of
this phenomenon. However, for decades astronomers have been looking for
evidence that Earth or other terrestrial planets could have a similar
effect on asteroids and comets.

Planetary scientist Mikael Granvik
from the Swedish University of Technology, Luleå, led the research that
came closer to solving the above phenomenon.

His
discovery is linked to the search for gravitationally disrupted
near-Earth asteroids (NEAS), and provides compelling evidence that our
planet’s gravitational forces are not just an abstract concept, but a
factor capable of breaking asteroids into small pieces.

Based on
modeling of asteroid trajectories, Grunwick and colleague Kevin Walsh of
the Southwest Research Institute found that collisions with rocky
planets can cause asteroids to lose a significant portion of their mass,
turning them into debris streams.

New data shows that small
asteroid fragments, while not posing a threat to life on the planet, may
nevertheless increase the likelihood of local collisions like those
that occurred in Tunguska and Chelyabinsk.

Granwick assures that
asteroids smaller than 1 km in diameter are not a critical threat, but
increase the likelihood of incidents. However, it is worth remembering
the additional risks that may arise due to the formation of new debris
clouds.

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