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Supermassive Black Hole Is Thrown Out of Galaxy

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the moving-to-better-quarters dept.

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DarkKnightRadick writes "An undergrad student at the University of Utrecht, Marianne Heida, has found evidence of a supermassive black hole being tossed out of its galaxy. According to the article, the black hole — which has a mass equivalent to one billion suns — is possibly the culmination of two galaxies merging (or colliding, depending on how you like to look at it) and their black holes merging, creating one supermassive beast. The black hole was found using the Chandra Source Catalog (from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory). The direction of the expulsion is also possibly indicative of the direction of rotation of the two black holes as they circled each other before merging."

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The comedy is too easy on this one... (3, Funny)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188026)

- The black hole was thrown out for arguing the balls and strikes.

- The galaxy wanted one of the new Energy Star black holes.

- The galaxy couldn't turn down the Universe's Cash For Clunkers program to trade in the used black hole.

- Circling each other must be the intergalactic version of foreplay.

- The merger of these black holes is actually pending shareholder approval.

Re:The comedy is too easy on this one... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188058)

...And the galaxies said, "You SUCK!! Go away!"

Re:The comedy is too easy on this one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188072)

It's kind of like a fat person at an all you can eat buffet. You eat one too many solar systems and the kick you out of the galaxy.

Re:The comedy is too easy on this one... (-1, Offtopic)

Gerafix (1028986) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188074)

Black hole massively drunk recklessly careens vehicle into local group. GADD threatens class action lawsuit, claims bad influence on young black holes.

Re:The comedy is too easy on this one... (4, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188096)

Your black hole is so super-massive, when it sits around the galaxy, it sits a-r-o-u-n-d the galaxy.

Re:The comedy is too easy on this one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32189512)

(it IS the galaxy. both of them.)

Re:The comedy is too easy on this one... (1)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188156)

Maybe someone in the galaxy tried to fill in their supermassive black hole by throwing dirt into it, and left a supermassive black hole where their source was!

Re:The comedy is too easy on this one... (5, Funny)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188542)

It all started with a LHC.

re: The comedy is too easy on this one... (1)

CityZen (464761) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188454)

Get off my lawn! Damn kids ruinin' everything!

Re:The comedy is too easy on this one... (2, Funny)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188576)

Actually, this was for the hit program "Survivor: Galaxy" and the black hole was just voted off.

Re:The comedy is too easy on this one... (4, Funny)

vrmlguy (120854) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188792)

Somewhere there's a supermassive bouncer...

And stay out! (1, Funny)

sirket (60694) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188036)

Sorry :)

wow! (0)

toastliscio (1729734) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188040)

wow! :-)

(looking at the picture in the article) (1)

Knara (9377) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188050)

Oh, well, it's obvious to me that this is, indeed, a black hole being flung out into intergalactic space. The imagery plainly shows that... that...

hmmm...

Re:(looking at the picture in the article) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188100)

Oh, well, it's obvious to me that this is, indeed, a black hole being flung out into intergalactic space. The imagery plainly shows that... that...

Well, the thing about a Black Hole - it's main distinguishing feature - is it's black. And the thing about space, your basic space colour is black. So how are you s'posed to see them?

(from Red Dwarf)

Ok, it's a black hole... (1)

Nutria (679911) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188770)

but how do we know that it's being flung out of it's galaxy at high speed?

Re:Ok, it's a black hole... (2, Informative)

Curunir_wolf (588405) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189264)

Oh, well I guess you missed the larger version of the image. [www.sron.nl]

Check it out. It's obvious there that it's hauling ass away from the center. I mean, look at all the little stars scrambling to get out of its way!

Re:Ok, it's a black hole... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32189268)

There is that distinctive "Nooooo" to be heard. In space. Where nobody can hear your .. gravitons vibrating.

We are... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188066)

...insignificant

Re:We are... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188168)

...insignificant

Only because we don't do cool undergrad work like this.

Re:We are... (1)

Shark (78448) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188202)

It's like floating on a raft in an ocean of giant whirlpools.

Re:We are... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32189826)

The Whirlpools may be big, but the Maytags are simply enormous!

[On that note, my CAPTCHA: careen]

Film at 11! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188524)

Duh...

Re:We are... (2, Insightful)

VocationalZero (1306233) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188866)

... said the creature with the most complex structure in the universe (that we know of) in his or her head.

Re:We are... (4, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189136)

Yeah, if we got hit with this thing we'd be only worth about 15 points.

Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (4, Insightful)

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188086)

I'm no astrophysicist but shouldn't a galactic anchor supermassive black hole tearing ass through it's soon-to-be former host galaxy be dragging a fair amount of material with it and creating a bow shock, much as this runaway star [discovermagazine.com] is doing?

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (4, Insightful)

Fujisawa Sensei (207127) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188210)

I'm no astrophysicist but shouldn't a galactic anchor supermassive black hole tearing ass through it's soon-to-be former host galaxy be dragging a fair amount of material with it and creating a bow shock, much as this runaway star [discovermagazine.com] is doing?

What do you think is generating the x-rays they're using to spot the black hole?

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (2, Informative)

Beryllium Sphere(tm) (193358) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188308)

The accretion disk could account for the X-rays. The reason they were looking for X-rays in the first place was to spot normal black holes.

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (3, Interesting)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188360)

The accretion disk could account for the X-rays. The reason they were looking for X-rays in the first place was to spot normal black holes.

Right... and accretion disks are created from the material falling into the black hole. If the black hole is heading into intergalactic space and NOT "dragging a fair amount of material with it", where is that material coming from?

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (1)

amRadioHed (463061) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188558)

I don't understand what you're getting at. Who says it's not "dragging a fair amount of material with it"?

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189832)

Uhm,the same thing that they always use to spot black holes, xray emmissions are though of as 'SOP' for black holes.

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (1)

suomynonAyletamitlU (1618513) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188622)

Raising this point causes a random question to pop into my mind. How hard would you have to pull on a star (by passing by it with a strong gravity well, for example) to kill the star?

I guess it's more about the force difference between the force applied to different sides of the star, but I'm curious. If a rift opens up in the side of the star, the high pressure plasma inside has to be pretty eager to escape.

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188716)

Raising this point causes a random question to pop into my mind. How hard would you have to pull on a star (by passing by it with a strong gravity well, for example) to kill the star?

I guess it's more about the force difference between the force applied to different sides of the star, but I'm curious. If a rift opens up in the side of the star, the high pressure plasma inside has to be pretty eager to escape.

Um, no. Despite what Star Trek might have you believe, you can't open up a "rift" in a star. It's a ball of plasma - imagine trying to crack open a flame.

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (1)

suomynonAyletamitlU (1618513) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189438)

I'm sorry, the term is indeed entirely inaccurate, I just assumed people would understand what I meant.

A star has two major forces at the core--gravity and pressure. They are normally in equal balance with each other, which is why it maintains its size. If the mass density of the star changes suddenly, there will be places where the pressure may be higher or lower than the gravity. Or, that was my assumption, and what I meant by "rift". I understand that it has no physically existent surface.

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (4, Interesting)

SoapBox17 (1020345) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188752)

If you did manage to tear a "rift" in the "side" of a star, nothing would really happen. The inside of the star is also the center of gravity of the star. The plasma doesn't want to escape, it is being pulled always towards the center of mass of the star. Your rift would pretty much instantly disappear as the gravity of the star continues to pull on the material around it, the star will pretty quickly turn spherical again.

The only way to destroy a star would be to completely scatter all of its material out over an extremely wide area. Keep in mind, solar systems and their stars are formed by giant disks of dust slowingly being pulled together by their own gravity until they form stellar bodies. So to permanently get rid of the star, you'd have to spread it out over an area larger than it's solar system, or it would just re-form again eventually.

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (1)

Romancer (19668) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188928)

The gravity would be canceled when the rift is created. During which time the "center of gravity" would be a multi-point plot map between the two vastly different gravity wells. By creating the rift it would also create a pull on the surrounding matter giving it a bit of a head start with momentum since the gravity well would effect the entire star not just the side it passes on. Being a sharp drop off, gravity/distance could completely destroy a star by even comming close (cosmic distances). It could pull enough matter off center so that the fusion reaction overcomes the lower gravity on the close side and has a blow out like a solar flare but one that doesn't close up after the erruption due to gravity. So the effect would have to be caused by the speed of the passing gravity well, the proximity and angle of incidence. But it would probably have a better than 50% chance of destroying it after a certain distance until it was moving too fast to overcome the matter stability (initial momentum) of the star.

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32189308)

I can't take anything you say seriously if you can't tell the difference between affect and effect. It's not that hard, but you did it wrong. Try again. (Unless you meant that somehow this gravity well is producing the entire star (which to my knowledge would have already been in existence) which makes about as much sense as your initial faux pas).

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (1)

Xonstantine (947614) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189684)

Um, he got it the usage of effect right. Affect is a verb. Effect is a noun. "The affect" would be wrong, but unfortunately for your point, Romancer used "The effect".

Wrong (4, Interesting)

Burz (138833) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189062)

Any object that could tear a hole in a main-sequence star like the sun would probably be a compact star of some sort. See this summary of a Scientific American story from 2002:

When Stars Collide; The Secret Lives of Stars; Special Editions; by Michael Shara; 8 Page(s)

Of all the ways for life on Earth to end, the collision of the sun and another star might well be the most dramatic. If the incoming projectile were a white dwarf--a superdense star that packs the mass of the sun into a body a hundredth the size--the residents of Earth would be treated to quite a fireworks show. The white dwarf would penetrate the sun at hypersonic speed, over 600 kilometers a second, setting up a massive shock wave that would compress and heat the entire sun above thermonuclear ignition temperatures.

It would take only an hour for the white dwarf to smash through, but the damage would be irreversible. The superheated sun would release as much fusion energy in that hour as it normally does in 100 million years. The buildup of pressure would force gas outward at speeds far above escape velocity. Within a few hours the sun would have blown itself apart. Meanwhile the agent of this catastrophe, the white dwarf, would continue blithely on its way--not that we would be around to care about the injustice of it all.

I had read that original story and I recall they described a number of star-star impact scenarios (including black holes with main sequence stars).

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (1)

suomynonAyletamitlU (1618513) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189442)

Well, my limited understanding is that the (outgoing) pressure inside of an active star is super-huge, and only balanced out by the force of gravity due to scale. If you suddenly redistribute the mass by yanking on it with a big gravity source, it seems to me that a huge amount of pressurized plasma would escape. If it loses enough mass, it could fall below the mass limit of fusion, or below the temperature limit of fusion, or something. I'm not an astrophysicist, though.

You do have a point though--it would most likely reform anyway.

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189576)

I don't recall where I read it but there was an observation a while back of what they belived to be a star in the process of being ripped apart by a black hole. Basically it turns into a long arc of hot gas with a bulge in the middle that aligns with the trajectory of the star around the black hole. The effect was not dissimilar to how comet Schomaker-Levy (sic?) broke up and formed a long streak of debris before smashing into Jupiter. However since the star is entirely made of gas then the streak of debris forms a much smoother distribution.

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188824)

  The velocity the black hole is likely moving at isn't going to be a whole lot faster than that of it's surrounding medium, the scale is enormously greater. There probably is a bowshock, but we just can't see it from this distance with the instruments we have.

  Also the bowshock is most likely radiating in the xray part of the spectrum.

  The only real question I have about this is that the separation between the x-ray source and the center of the galaxy looks to be roughly about 3 arcseconds; the maximum angular resolution of Chandra is about half an arcsecond; it's possible that this could be a positioning error, although I'm sure they've already thought of that and independently verified the source's position.

SB

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (4, Informative)

Xyrus (755017) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188838)

Things get a little weird when your dealing with general relativity and extreme space-time distortions. Also, space is mostly empty space. Even a black hole of this magnitude isn't going to have that strong of a pull over significant distances. For example, you'd feel only Earth-like acceleration at a distance of 1/10th of a light year. Our nearest stellar neighbor is 4.7 light years away. At that distance the acceleration would be .04 m/s^2.

Unless this thing was going through the dense core of the galaxy there's a pretty good chance it wouldn't be hauling much of anything except for it's old accretion disk.

Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (1)

Curunir_wolf (588405) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189290)

I'm no astrophysicist but shouldn't a galactic anchor supermassive black hole tearing ass through it's soon-to-be former host galaxy be dragging a fair amount of material with it and creating a bow shock, much as this runaway star [discovermagazine.com] is doing?

Me, either. But... maybe that's how they know it's leaving at "high speed" - the faster it goes (beyond a certain point) the less material it would be dragging behind it, as the gravity waves are passing by too fast to overcome the existing inertia of the nearby material.

Whoa (2, Funny)

Xaemyl (88001) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188092)

Thats heavy, man!

Re:Whoa (3, Funny)

Dragoniz3r (992309) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188734)

It's deep, for sure.

Re:Whoa (3, Funny)

cbiltcliffe (186293) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188740)

Why are things so heavy in the future?

Is there a problem with the galaxy's gravitational pull?

Perspective: (4, Informative)

adbge (1693228) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188098)

The largest black hole discovered to date (AFAIK) is 18 times larger than the one in TFA.
Source. [newscientist.com]

neat (3, Funny)

BeaverCleaver (673164) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188116)

I wish I had done something worthy of the front page of Slashdot when I was an undergrad.

Re:neat (1)

konohitowa (220547) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188582)

I wish I had done something worthy of the front page of Slashdot when I was an undergrad.

So you're saying you never got sued by the RIAA nor sold a pre-release iPhone?

it's != its (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188148)

Out of it is galaxy?

Sorry that does not make sense.

Re:it's != its (0, Redundant)

cbiltcliffe (186293) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188750)

Sorry that does not make sense.

Neither does your sentence without the appropriate comma.

Re:it's != its (1)

Miseph (979059) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189654)

Sure it does... he is claiming to be the summary's author, and is apologizing for his poor grammar.

It's alright, GP, we forgive you. Contrary to popular belief, not EVERY poster on Slashdot is a soulless, humorless, grammar-Nazi waste of life fuckwit.

New horrible death... (1)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188150)

Crossing the quickly rotating event horizon of two colliding black holes at the same time. Hmmm... makes me want to create an urban legend about it, so that the Mythbusters will be forced to recreate it someday.

Hollywood, get on it!

Ryan Fenton

Re:New horrible death... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188204)

Ryan Fenton

Denny Crane!

Re:New horrible death... (3, Informative)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188256)

Crossing the "event horizon" isn't really an interesting event in and of itself. It just marks a point of no escape and no return. Granted, if you're getting close enough to the black hole to be anywhere near the event horizon, the tidal stresses might be pretty intense, but the horizon itself is not a solid object and likely somewhat boring.

Also, supermassive black holes generally have remarkably low densities. A 6.5-billion-Sun black hole has a density of about "0.5 mg/cm3, less than half the density of earth's atmosphere at sea level. [scientificblogging.com] "

Re:New horrible death... (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188578)

> ...but the horizon itself is not a solid object and likely somewhat boring.

It is, in fact, invisible and imperceptible to an observer crossing it.

Re:New horrible death... (2, Informative)

shadowbearer (554144) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188848)

  The radiation from the accretion disk would disassociate your molecular structure long before you got close enough for tidal effects to kill you, especially in a galactic-mass black hole ;-)

SB

Re:New horrible death... (1)

rockNme2349 (1414329) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188350)

The episode will conclude with Adam blowing up one of the black holes.

The fat ass (2, Funny)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188180)

had it coming.

creating one supermassive beast. (1)

hldn (1085833) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188236)

i thought it said breast.

clicking the link left me disappointed.

Grammar Police (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188252)

found evidence of a super massive black hole being tossed out of it's galaxy.

Ironically, the possessive form of "its" does NOT contain an apostrophe, despite its presence in many other possessive forms. Another example of this exception would be "their".

Anonymous Coward

Cool story bro. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188868)

no one gives a shit. trust me.

Re:Cool story bro. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32189044)

I care. Therefore, you are wrong.

So who is it aimed at? (1)

RichMan (8097) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188280)

Following up on Stephen Hawkings comments on extra-terrestrial life.

Re:So who is it aimed at? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188390)

Oddly enough, after the last Slashdot story on his comments, I got thinking about black holes, the galaxy / universe, and space-faring aliens. Let's say we have the capacity to plot the motion of our galaxy, to determine how gravity will condense the various bodies into a single black hole, over time. If it was our goal to try and preserve something, maybe even ourselves, might it be reasonable to seek out this point in space, and establish ourselves there? Obviously, I don't have a real strong grasp on astrophysics, but I got to wondering if there is a point, right now, where a body of specific mass moving at a certain vector and certain velocity, would be the last thing to be consumed by our galaxy (if it is collapsing)? Also, might it be reasonable to look there for other intelligence, right now?

Re:So who is it aimed at? (3, Funny)

mgblst (80109) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188670)

Considering how long this takes to get anywhere, whomever it is aimed at hasn't even evolved from pond scum yet.

So still in the republican phase of existence.

Good riddance. (1)

newdsfornerds (899401) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188286)

Of course nobody would mind having a while hole in the neighborhood.

Re:Good riddance. (2, Funny)

Samah (729132) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188340)

Of course nobody would mind having a while hole in the neighborhood.

Kryten: I've never seen one before - no one has - but I'm guessing it's a white hole... [imdb.com]

Re:Good riddance. (1)

newdsfornerds (899401) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188484)

I meant to type "white."

Re:Good riddance. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32189884)

So what is it?

This is just like Space 1999 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188310)

But it sucks less.

and it's headed right for us! (1)

Xenophore (1260104) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188380)

Run, you fools!

Spelling nazi. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188396)

"() it's galaxy ()". Really? "It's"?

The BBC is a little more skeptical (5, Informative)

Xtifr (1323) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188432)

The BBC is a little more skeptical, noting "there are alternative explanations for the bright X-ray source; it could also be a Type IIn supernova, or an ultra-luminous X-ray source (ULX) with an optical counterpart (which could represent several phenomena)."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10108226.stm [bbc.co.uk]

I might argue that it is an ultra-luminous X-ray source with an optical counterpart that could represent several phenomena, with one of those phenomena being a super-massive black hole being ejected from a galaxy. But hey, that's just me! :)

Re:The BBC is a little more skeptical (1)

nanospook (521118) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189508)

Or someone sneezed on the camera *whoops*

Incredible Energies Involved (5, Funny)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188448)

There was so much power involved in the interaction between those two black holes that millions of apostrophes were flung violently out of the two merging galaxies. One of them landed in the middle of this summary's word "its" and making the editor appear to be an idiot.

I mean, I can't think of any other reason it's there.

Re:Incredible Energies Involved (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188788)

I think those were commas

Non-Standards Compliant Language (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32189820)

English is a non-standards compliant language. It has inconsistent rules and grammar due to haphazard adoption of loan words and unusually, also foreign grammar. It is thus a very hard language to master (English is my second language). I think that had the British not created the British Empire, the English language would probably be an obscure North-West European language. Also, stop nit picking on its or it's. It makes no difference and does not detract readers from understanding the sentence. Simply don't use "its". Just type "it is". You still use 3 characters either way.

it's "its", goddamnit (3, Insightful)

glwtta (532858) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188452)

Come on, "editors", would it kill you to edit every once in a while?

Re:it's "its", goddamnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32189058)

>Come on, "editors", would it kill you to edit every once in a while?
We don't know, we've never tried.
The editors.

what is the danger radius for this beast? (1)

gamecrusader (1684024) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188474)

kereyten: I've never seen one before no one has- but i'm guesing its a white hole, thats the hole point how do you see a white hole say for getting sucked into it then we get to discover what happens, Oh NASA one last Mission to discover whats in a black hole

The ORI are comeing!! (0, Offtopic)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188476)

The ORI are comeing!!!!

Re:The ORI are comeing!! (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189802)

The ORI are comeing!!!!

We must repent with correct spelling an grammar immediately.

DodgyBob (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188480)

Yeah! We don't want your kind in here, mate. Don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out.

Muse anyone? (3, Funny)

Icegryphon (715550) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188496)

instantly in my head, the song is playing.

Oh baby dont you know I suffer?
Oh baby can you hear me moan?
You caught me under false pretenses
How long before you let me go?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsp3_a-PMTw [youtube.com]

Re:Muse anyone? (1)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189752)

Same here. Unfortunately, it's not a very quotable song except for the title, so I am not going to be able to sneak any lyrics from it into a casual Slashdot post.

Okay, I lied. You caught me under false pretenses.

GTFO Blackhole!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188560)

(n/t)

That's the rule (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32188644)

TITS or GTFO!

Direction? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188724)

Is coming here? Dont panic, but.. i f it will hit earth, we may have only a few billion years to escape

Get! The! Hell! Out! Of! My! Galaxy! (1)

lennier (44736) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188920)

John Sheridan would be proud.

A quote comes to mind (1)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 4 years ago | (#32188970)

Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and started to get snarky. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers...

So I invite you to contemplate how insignificant I find you.

the boys from Muse... (2, Funny)

trum4n (982031) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189076)

... are gonna be pissed.

It was probably thrown out of the galaxy because (1)

DigitalReverend (901909) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189204)

when found using the Chandra Source Catalog it was looking in the young miss galaxy section.

Gravitational Waves (1)

agrif (960591) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189226)

There wouldn't happen to be any stars orbiting it [wikipedia.org] , would there?

Even if there isn't, this is another observation that agrees with the existence of Gravitational Waves, as predicted by General Relativity. If there was such a thing, a merger between two supermassive black holes in a binary system will experience a gravitational wave recoil. In extreme cases, it'll be ejected from the galaxy, much like the one here.

There is tons of weak evidence for gravitational radiation, but if this is true, this is a great find.

Out damned spot (1)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189378)

Get out and take your beer drinking black hole buddies with you!

Galactic Pool? (2, Funny)

Chas (5144) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189804)

Saint Peter: Eight Ball in the corner pocket?
God: Nah, jumped the bumper.
Saint Peter: Ooh. Not good!
God: What was that? You wanted a long tour of Hell?
Saint Peter: I mean SPECTACULAR SHOT MY LORD!

GNAA (1)

Alex Belits (437) | more than 4 years ago | (#32189830)

GNAA is, without any doubt, involved in this...

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