M87: 6.5 billion times larger than the sun, and it's real!

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Cognostic's picture
https://www.youtube.com/watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUyH3XhpLTo

Explained neatly for us non-physics kinds of peoples. Good Video.

Algebe's picture
Infidels! Kneel and pray to

Infidels! Kneel and pray to the holy anus of god.

(Looks like someone needs some Preparation H.)

Tin-Man's picture
@Algebe Re: "(Looks like

@Algebe Re: "(Looks like someone needs some Preparation H.)"

What's wrong with Preparations A thru G?

Algebe's picture
@Tin-Man: What's wrong with

@Tin-Man: What's wrong with Preparations A thru G?

Not halal.

Grinseed's picture
And they named it Powehi

And they named it Powehi

"Powehi means "the adorned fathomless dark creation" or "embellished dark source of unending creation" and comes from the Kumulipo, an 18th century Hawaiian creation chant. Po is a profound dark source of unending creation, while wehi, honored with embellishments, is one of the chant's descriptions of po, the newspaper reported." From AP

Good name.

Gonna be the name of my next goldfish.

David Killens's picture
It appears a Hawaiian has

It appears a Hawaiian has attempted to hijack the black hole name. This was an international project, and if any "name" will be assigned it will be by international consensus or voted on by the International Astronomical Union.

Sir William Herschel (British) is credited as being the discoverer of Uranus, and he initially named that planet "Georgium Sidus" after his king George. To which he was knighted and received a handsome amount of money. In the end, the international community solved that little bit of self-serving naming and we now know this planet as Uranus.

Grinseed's picture
Well I'm still going to name

Well I'm still going to name my next fish Powehi.

As long as they don't name the black hole "Holey McHoleface" or something equally stupid.

And with all due respects to the fans of the late Chis Cornell of Sound Garden, just for having composed the song "Black Hole Sun", isn't compelling grounds to name the astrophysical phenomenon after him.

Surely there must be many astrophysicists, having dedicated their professional lives to deep space science, who can lay greater claim to the honour?
Not to mention the very many forgotten greek gods that haven't yet had anything named after them.

Stephen Hawking would seem to be the obvious choice.

Tin-Man's picture
Bob. That would be a good

Bob. That would be a good name for it. C'mon, honestly, who doesn't like Bob? And besides, Bob has never had anything named after him. So isn't it about time he had his moment in the sun? All in favor say, "Yea!"

David Killens's picture
Last night they aired a

Last night they aired a documentary on what the team did to achieve this amazing result. First there was over ten years of planning, testing, and getting everything co-ordinated. Then there was five days of radio telescope observations involved, where everything had to be timed closely, the data uploaded into special hard drives. Then those hard drives were shipped to a central location so the information could be collated. What I described was incredibly difficult.

IMO a Nobel will come out of this effort, and the method has been proven, heralding a new scientific method of investigation. Just like when Galileo took the telescope out of the realm of novelty and turned it into a valid tool for examination, so will this method herald a new age of exploration of discovery.

Cognostic's picture
@Tin-Man: Were I not on my

@Tin-Man: Were I not on my way to Thailand for a sex change operation I never would have noticed how insensitive the name "Bob" could be. You sexist pig! You thoughtless ignorant locker room bantering poor excuse for a drain pipe. You just insult women for the for the purpose of entertainment. You are one of those homophones that want to keep me out of the women's bathroom in airports. I am so sick of people like you. You have upset me so much that I don't even have the energy to get on the plane any more. Oh! If you were here I would slap you. "Bob,,,,, Bob...... Bob..... Oh my god I need a safe space before I really go off. Bob.... words can not express my utter and complete disgust with your callous and insensitive --- indeed heartless nature. Oh... now my make-up is running., SEE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE ---- YOU MONSTER!!!

Grinseed's picture
Dick is a good name too.

Dick is a good name too.

Cognostic's picture
OH for fuck sake.!!! I

OH for fuck sake.!!! I think I am calling off the operation. I could not stand being a female. I just don't know how us girls can do it.

Grinseed's picture
What.

What.
No, go Cog, get on that plane to Thailand. Don't be so sensitive. Maybe you been tucking too tight? Loosen up man.
By the time you get back I will have a campaign up and running to name the black hole Nancy, ok?

Tin-Man's picture
@Grinseed Re: Naming the

@Grinseed Re: Naming the black hole

NANCY???... Aw, man, you GOTTA be kidding me! Larry.... Now THAT would be a spectacular name for a black hole. Larry is a good, solid, respectable name. Listen.... *cupping hand to ear*... Black Hole Larry..... See? Doesn't that sound just wonderful?

Grinseed's picture
mmm...Black..Hole..Larry...it

mmm...Black..Hole..Larry...it does sort of roll lazily off the lips - No. Cog's turning magenta!!..Black Hole Nancy Powehi Bob...that's only genderly fair and balanced...fuck the international scientific community and my next goldfish...thinking of you, Hawaii!.

Cognostic's picture
@Tin-Man, Grinseed

@Tin-Man, Grinseed
While you guys are bitching at each other I have already submitted the paperwork. The new black hole will be named after my ex-girlfriend, Black Hole.

David Killens's picture
My ex-girlfriend still misses

My ex-girlfriend still misses me. But her aim is steadily improving.

arakish's picture
Eater. Perfect name. rmfr

Eater. Perfect name.

rmfr

Cognostic's picture
Deep Throat?

Deep Throat?

Cognostic's picture
This thread is extremely

This thread is extremely misogynistic. If we stop to think about it, why is it there are no similar terms applied to the Male Gender? Wait a minute...... I am the only one on the thread being misogynistic. Awww... hell . Never mind!

Tin-Man's picture
Hey, Cog. If it is any

Hey, Cog. If it is any consolation, I was talking with my wife about the whole black hole picture hubbub, and her response was, "What's the big deal? Why did it take them so long? If somebody would have put some hair around the black hole, some guy would have found it decades ago." I couldn't really argue with her on that point.... LOL...

Cognostic's picture
Tin-Man; LOL Great minds

Tin-Man; LOL Great minds think alike!

Cognostic's picture
Tin-Man; LOL Great minds

Tin-Man; LOL Great minds think alike!

Cognostic's picture
It's likely a good thing

It's likely a good thing MarylinC is not keeping up and reading this crap. I have a feeling we would all be apologizing with our ears down and our tails between our legs. She Scares Me!

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