Small Galaxy With A Big, Dark Heart

Supermassive black holes, weighing millions to billions of times more than our Sun, are thought to dwell in the hearts of most–if not all–galaxies in the Universe. Such beasts are characterized by their extremely heavy masses, insatiable hunger, and messy table manners. These gravitational monstrosities are mysterious and puzzling. But, the mystery grew even more perplexing when a supermassive monster–weighing in at an unbelievable 17 billion Suns–was caught dwelling in the heart of a bizarre small galaxy that is almost entirely black hole!

“This is totally not what I was looking for. I was expecting to find really big black holes in really big galaxies,” Dr. Remco van den Bosch, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany, said in the November 26, 2012 Science Now. Dr. Van den Bosch is lead author of the paper describing this incredible gravitational monstrosity.

In 1915, Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity predicted the presence of objects that possessed such strong gravitational fields that anything that unfortunately traveled too close to their gaping mouths would be devoured. However, the concept of the real existence of such gravitational monstrosities seemed so remote that Einstein himself rejected the concept–but scientists now know that such beasts can and do exist.

Black holes of stellar-mass form when a very massive star collapses violently in the brilliant fireworks display of a supernova explosion, heralding the end of its life as a main-sequence (hydrogen-burning) star. After a hole of stellar-mass has been born, it can continue to gain weight by feeding on its surroundings. It is believed that a supermassive hole is born when one of stellar-mass gains weight by devouring stars and gas–as well as by merging with other black holes.

Astronomers have known for about a decade that perhaps every large galaxy in the Universe hosts a ravenous supermassive monster in its heart, sequestered there in sinister secret. Supermassive beasts can be at least as large as our entire Solar System. Our Milky Way Galaxy’s black hole is named Sagittarius A* (pronounced Sagittarius-a-star), and it is a calm old beast, except when it goes on an occasional feeding frenzy, and devours a hearty portion of gas or star-stuff that has unluckily floated too close to its maw. Sagittarius A* weighs in at approximately 4 million times as much as our Sun.

It is widely thought that supermassive black holes are subject to a standard correlation. That is, the heavier the galaxy’s central bulge of glittering stars, the more massive the resident sinister beast. This basically indicates that the weight of a galaxy’s star-blazing bulge is approximately a thousand times that of its central supermassive hole.

However, the little compact galaxy, NGC 1277, apparently marches to the beat of a different drum. The little galaxy, which is located approximately 250 million light-years from our planet, possesses a supermassive monster in its heart that makes up a whopping 14% of its entire mass. Most other galaxies are thought to obediently follow the beat of the “standard correlation”, and host black holes that amount to a comparatively trifling 0.1% of their total mass.

“This is a really oddball galaxy. It’s almost all black hole. This could be the first object in a new class of galaxy-black hole systems,” study team member Dr. Karl Gebbardt said in a statement published in the November 28, 2012 Gebbardt is at the University of Texas at Austin.

The study, published in the November 29, 2012 issue of the journal Nature, found that if this monster of a supermassive black hole was situated at the center of our own Solar System, it would swallow up all eight major planets and extend about 10 times further than the dwarf planet Pluto and its icy kind where they tumble around in the frigid, remote blackness of the Kuiper Belt.

NGC 1277 is a relatively small member of a cluster of galaxies located in the constellation Perseus. It also represents a type of galaxy commonly found to inhabit clusters. This little galaxy with a big, dark heart is a so-called lenticular galaxy, meaning that it is a bewitching cross between a spiral and an elliptical galaxy. Spirals are gigantic star-blazing pin-wheels, like our own Milky Way, and they contain stellar populations of all ages. Ellipticals are shaped like huge footballs, and they primarily host old, red stars. Like an elliptical, NGC 1277 no longer produces star-bursts of fiery baby stars, and primarily hosts only elderly stars. The most youthful stars in the little galaxy are 8 billion years old–meaning that they are twice the age of our middle-aged Sun, which is approximately 4.56 billion years old. However, like a lovely, pin-wheel-shaped spiral, NGC 1277 sports a disk that is brightly glittering with a multitude of incandescent stars.

“Maybe this thing is a relic from way back when,” Dr. Van den Bosch continued to speculate in the November 28, 2012 Science Now. He went on to explain that supermassive holes ignited by fiery quasars–which are especially active galactic nuclei (AGN) that inhabited the early Universe–haunted Space soon after the Big Bang. Perhaps, he went on to suggest, NGC 1277 represents a case of arrested development, and it began its galactic childhood as an immense black hole, but never managed to ensnare a host of fiery stars. In other words, like Peter Pan, NGC 1277 “never grew up”! Its sister-galaxies, swarming along with it in the Perseus cluster, may have selfishly taken for themselves the stars that would have enabled poor little NGC 1277 to reach star-struck galactic adulthood.

NGC 1277’s supermassive monster could be considerably more massive than the currently identified second-runner-up, which is calculated (though not confirmed) to weigh-in at approximately 6 billion to 37 billion solar-masses. This beast dwells within the dark heart of the galaxy NGC 4486B, and it hogs up approximately 11% of that galaxy’s central bulge.

Dr. Van den Bosch said in the November 28, 2012 that his team discovered the monster black hole during a survey it was conducting to hunt down “the biggest black holes we could find.”

The astronomers carefully analyzed the light emanating from 700 galaxies, using the huge light-gathering telescope, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, at the University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory. The team discovered that six of the galaxies under scrutiny had stars and other objects flying around inside of them at breathtaking average speeds of over 218 miles a second! The galaxies, like NGC 1277, were also petite–a mere 9,784 light-years across, or less. The team suspected that black holes were responsible for these measurements, and used archival data of NGC 1277 from the venerable Hubble Space Telescope. This was how they spotted NGC 1277’s big, dark heart.

Dr. Van den Bosch is curious about whether or not these supermassive black holes only formed in the early Universe, or if some formed later in its history.”It could just be this thing has been sitting around since the Big Bang and not done much since then. It might be a relic of what star formation and galactic formation looked like at that time,” he commented in the November 28, 2012

The team is trying to find out whether NGC 1277 is one-of-a-kind. However, as astronomer Dr. Chung-Pei Ma of the University of California at Berkeley noted in the November 28, 2012 Science Now: “When you just have one very strange system, then you can almost always cook up some theories. But if these galaxies form a class of their own, then that would be quite exciting.”

Solar- Year Astronomy

Complex mathematics and astronomy served calendar makers many thousands of years ago. The best tool for tying the ancient calendar system to the current year is a common denominator known as the tropical year. The mean tropical year is the astronomical measurement that describes the modern solar year with a high degree of precision. The tropical year is the 365.2424-day interval between two successive passages of the sun through the vernal equinox. The tropical year stems from two parallels that include the Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer. Five major Circles of Latitude provide background material to understanding calendar systems.

Every modern Gregorian Calendar year begins with the Earth’s position in orbit around the sun. The time the Earth takes to complete one full revolution along the ecliptic plane determines our year. An imaginary axis passes through the Earth to extend beyond the North Pole and South Pole. The 24-hour day marks one complete spin around this axis. The same axis tilts with respect to the sun while the year progresses. The spring, vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring for people in the Northern Hemisphere. The vernal equinox happens between March 21 and March 23 annually. Autumn begins with the fall, occipital equinox for the same Northern half of the world. The fall equinox takes place around September 22. At the solstices, the tilt of the Earth’s axis reaches a maximum inclination of 23.5 degrees. The winter solstice occurs around December 21 and the summer solstice occurs around June 21 every year. The two equinoxes and two solstices are the four cardinal points during the year. By religious observations and in myth and legend the equinoxes and solstices have always been celebrated events.

The tropical year is the natural heavenly timekeeper to mark one astronomical year. Huge telescopes and lengthy calculations have verified the tropical year. A mean tropical year is the principle ingredient to any calendar structure. We have the marvelous technology of today. Ancient people came to similar conclusions by watching shadows cast from their standing stones. Like the sundial gnomon, the pillar’s shadow grew and retracted according to the sun.

At first glance ancient technology pales in comparison to modern time keeping methods. The mind exploding irony — is the tropical year proves ancient ones observed and documented time with meticulous precision. The ancestry of the Patriarchs records solar-side time splits with accuracy that rivals modern engineering standards. Solar-side time splits of Seth, Cainan and later Jared, show impressive calendar math by introducing the current tropical year. The astronomical 365.2424-day length of tropical year is an accepted factual reference.

Two distinct pathways present alternative goals for the calendar. The original lunar/solar Antediluvian Calendar simply adapted celestial motion to whole number integer multiples within the 365-day-solar-year. A 364-day-Ethiopic-year allowed ancient people to focus or concentrate calendar reckoning into a central corridor. The last, 365th-day of the solar-year enables numerically matching X-number of days with X-number of years. According to the Book of Enoch I (ch. 74:1-4), specific instructions were not to include the final day in regular computations of the year. The remaining 364-day-Ethiopic-year divides into four 90-day quarters defined by the annual cardinal points. One of four Royal, Archangel Stars was the designated commanding luminary for the entire quarter. Ethiopic refers geographically to the original 364-day-calendar-year.

Sun Kingdoms Calendar plans that include the Mayan Calendar and sister cultures exhibit similar characteristics through the last four “year-bearer” days of the 364-day-Ethiopic-year. The Mayans did in fact calculate a 365-day-solar-year in their calendar. They extended time cycles such as the 52-year Calendar Round and the 260-day-Tzolken-sacred-year by figuring astonishing multiples to last hundreds and furthermore, thousands of years. Spirituality was the motivating factor behind doing vast time projections in the ancient world. Ancient priest astronomers purposely sought to create supernatural access. The traditional Mayan Calendar did not specifically recognize the four Royal stars, choosing instead to rotate the last four “year bearer” days through various 20-year-l/s-Katun-cycles.

The Antediluvian Calendar considered the Leap Day fraction by multiplying each 4-year Leap cycle by 1.25-days per year to arrive at 5-days. Four 364-day-Ethiopic-years resulted in 16-days of difference with respect to four 360-day-Tun-years. Each 4-year Leap cycle produces 21-days and one 20-year-l/s-Katun-cycle accrues 105-days. I call time following the 360-day-Tun-year “solar-side time split” to distinguish it from lunar/solar discussion. Squaring the 20-year-l/s-Katun-cycle achieves the 400-year-l/s-Baktun-cycle and 105-days of solar-side time split modify for 105-years of solar-side time split. Numerical matching conceives a shortcut through time.

Our modern Gregorian Calendar is basically a number line format that records time. We include the last 365th-day and account for the remaining fractional component by adding the necessary Leap Days. One Leap Day every 4-solar-year Leap cycle adds February 29 during Leap Years. Provisions omit Leap Days during centurial Leap Years not evenly divisible by 400-years. In other words, the years 1700, 1800 and 1900 skipped Leap Day. The year 2000 included Leap Day. Further refinements are Leap second adjustments, which usually occur at New Year’s under advisement from the astronomical community. Common opinion today reverses much of the ancient. We largely disregard supernatural activity as completely independent from the calendar. They purposely applied spirituality to the calendar to make events happen.

A numerical matching theme of X-days with X-years creates an internal conduit within the ordinary time stream. Anyone who celebrates anniversaries, birthdays or memorials can immediately understand the spiritual connotations. We want to preserve the past heritage and recapture the spirit of the moment. In some cases, we remember just to avoid past mistakes. One could venture the imaginary wormhole in physics results from numerically matching X-days with X-years. For example, choose a holiday such as Christmas and marketing research shows a significant buying season accompanies the holiday season. Choose a national holiday such as July 4 and people have fireworks displays throughoutAmericayear after year. A singularity wormhole exists solely by acknowledging anniversaries. In our calendar, differing groups commemorate special days differently and holidays neutralize in other cultures. Christmas appeals only to Christians and July 4 only to Americans. People from other cultures and places validate the same method of reasoning. The obvious is the absurd.

Seth’s primary 105-year age identifies the first time split of the solar-side only primary age category 260-year-Tzolken-sacred-cycle (Genesis 5:6). A 365.2424-day mean tropical year calculates the solar-side 105-years in terms of days. The primary 105-year age of Seth multiplies by the tropical year in order to find the precise day computations for Seth. Equation 1 multiplies the first solar-side only time split by the tropical year length in days. The primary 105-year age of Seth answers exactly 38350.431-days by applying the current mean astronomical tropical year.


Primary 105-Tropical-year age of Seth in days

1.105-year primary age of Seth

x 365.2424 day-Tropical-year

= 38350.452 days primary age of Seth

Judaic 105-year Venus Round primary age of Seth

1.105-year primary age of Seth

x 364-day-Ethiopic-years

= 38,220-day primary age of Seth

Adam’s 365.2424 day-Tropical-year primary 130-day age

1.38350-day primary age of Seth

– 38,220-day primary age of Seth

= 130-days

The difference between 105-Tropical-years and 105-Ethiopic-years for Seth essentially answers 130-days. Seth’s alternative Mayan 104-year Venus Round multiplies by 1.25-days remaining after a 364-day-Ethiopic-year. Every 400-year-l/s-Baktun-cycle stipulates one Venus Round. The Mayan variation amounts two 52-year Calendar Rounds, whereas the Judaic applies numerical matching to get 105-years. The final year of the Judaic, 105-year Venus Round in the primary age of Seth leaves 130-days recorded for the primary 130-year age of Adam (Genesis 5:3). Adam’s 130-year primary age is half of the lunar/solar 260-year-Tzolken-sacred-cycle and finishes the first 400-year-l/s-Baktun-cycle. Adam’s primary age 130-day and 130-year combination embodies the numerical matching principle. In the finest sense, Adam’s primary age 130-day-and-year age describes a single term. Seth’s 105-day-and-year combination measures the solar-side function, also numerically matched, and likewise describes a single term. Summary scriptures in Genesis 5 associate the day-year numerical matching theme. “And all the days of (Patriarch Name) were (Age) years.”

Observing the Gregorian Calendar imparts stability for daily operations. In contrast, early people employing 364-day-Ethiopic-year design introduced instability to the inner core of time. They cut a tunnel, individual and uniquely separate from the outer sheath offered by the remaining year. The inside time tunnel divides into four parts. A single day presides over the entire 90-day quarter. Four days control the remaining 360-days as mundane during the entire year. On full day is set apart for numerically matching X-days with X-years. The Gregorian Calendar has no channel specifically designed for supernatural access. Knowledge of the ancient supernatural channel was limited to the social elite, the wise men, royalty and priests. They collapsed time.

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Spinning Within The Dark

What thriller pervades a well!–from “What mystery pervades a well!”, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Supermassive black holes, weighing thousands and thousands to billions of occasions more than our unique Star, the Sun, are some of your weirdest and most mysterious objects inside Universe. Astronomers have recognized for several years that understandably just about every massive galaxy within the Universe hosts a supermassive beast in its center–which include our own personal Milky Way Galaxy! Within the February 28, 2013 challenge in the journal Nature, astronomers documented that two X-ray area telescopes, NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) along with the European Area Agency’s (ESA’s) XMM-Newton successfully teamed approximately measure–for your very very first time–the spin charge of your supermassive hole that sports activities a mass two million moments that of our Sun.

John Michell and Pierre-Simon Laplace, spine inside 18th century, foretold with the existence of these kinds of gravitational monstrosities, and Albert Einstein’s Basic Theory of Relativity went on to predict the existence of bizarre objects possessing this sort of deep gravitational wells that something that tragically wandered too near to its voracious maw can be devoured. Even so, the prospect with the genuine existence in Nature of these types of gravitational beasts appeared so considerably-fetched that even Einstein himself rejected the strategy. In fact, the concept of black holes was deemed to become a mere mathematical curiosity for decades. It had been not until eventually the 1960s that theoretical calculations showed that black holes are a generic prediction of Einstein’s General Relativity.

Supermassive black holes are bewitching, puzzling, and mysterious inhabitants of the Cosmic Zoo. Numerous astronomers consider that these weighty beasts ended up being previously all around as soon as the Universe was nevertheless adolescent. In June 2011, a group of astronomers documented which they acquired observed a really historical, quite heavy supermassive black hole–weighing-in at roughly 2,000,000,000 photo voltaic-masses that previously existed thirteen,000,000,000 a long time in the past. Measurements point out that the inflationary Large Bang delivery of our Universe occurred slightly less than about 14 billion many years in the past.

Stars and gas swirl in to the maelstrom surrounding these voracious beasts, and this infalling buffet kinds an huge accretion disk. This doomed banquet grows increasingly hotter and hotter and emits a fantastic amount of radiation–particularly when it happens closer to your “position of no return” referred to as the affair horizon, which is situated at the innermost portion in the disk. This occasion horizon keeps the inside of a black hole of any size separated from every little thing that exists exterior of it. Even so, it’s not a substance boundary. Doomed travelers somersaulting to the jaws in the beast would not practical experience whatever particularly unusual as they wandered in previous this position of no return. But, when acquiring carried out so, they might in no way once again have the opportunity to talk with anyone even now for the outdoors. Neither would they at any time have the option to return. An observer outside with the function horizon would only be able to obtain messages sent out by the unlucky travelers ahead of they crossed through the horizon.

Our Milky Way Galaxy’s supermassive black hole is actually a relative light-weight as supermassive black holes go. Astronomers have named it Sagittarius A* (pronounced Sagittarius A Star, or Saj A Star, for small), and it weighs “merely” 4,000,000 photo voltaic-masses, as opposed to billions of photo voltaic-masses. It is a quiet, quiet, elderly beast, at this level, and only now after which it goes on an occasional binge, hungrily consuming a delectable feast of starry-things or gas that tumbled in very near to its lair.

Probably each and every massive galaxy from the Universe is like our Milky Way, and hosts a ravenous beast, having a hideously deep gravitational well, in its dark heart. It has very long been suspected that these enormous objects spin quicker and develop previously bigger and more substantial as they greedily devour starry-stuff and gas. These strange, weird gravitational predators wait around for their dinner in sinister secret.

An Entire New Spin

The supermassive black hole whose spin was studied by NuSTAR and XMM-Newton resides inside magic formula heart of a gas-and dust-laden galaxy dubbed NGC 1365– and it truly is spinning as fast as Einstein’s Common Relativity will permit. The review addresses a scientific debate about comparable measurements of other dark-hearted beasts, and can most likely cause a better comprehension of how galaxies, with their actually-existing supermassive black holes, evolve and increase together.

Though supermassive black holes are challenging to spot, the area approximately them fortuitously emits tattle-tale X-rays. Utilizing the two X-ray house observatories, an global workforce of astronomers spied high-vitality X-rays being emitted through the heart of NGC 1365. The astronomers then calculated its spin being a breathtaking 670 million miles-for every-hour! This discovery constitutes the primary-previously, unambiguous measurement in the spin fee of your supermassive beast, Dr. Christopher Reynolds advised the press in February 2013. Dr. Reynolds, an astronomer in the University of Maryland, obtained no component inside investigation, but he wrote an accompanying editorial posted in Dynamics.

The observations are also a strong test of Einstein’s Normal Relativity, according to which gravity is able to bend Spacetime–which is the extremely fabric of our Universe. Based on Einstein’s theory, gravity could also bend the light-weight that flies through this wonderful and amazing fabric.

“This is hugely vital on the subject of black hole science,” Dr. Lou Kaluzienski commented in a very February 27, 2013 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Press Discharge. Dr. Kaluzienski is actually a NuSTAR plan scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C.

NuSTAR was launched in June 2012, and it absolutely was constructed to spot the highest-power X-ray mild in magnificent detail. It enhances the findings of telescopes that quest for reduced-vitality X-ray emissions, such as XMM-Newton and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

“We are able to trace make a difference as it swirls right into a black hole by using X-rays emitted from regions quite shut to the black hole,”research coauthor, Dr. Fiona Harrison, commented inside February 27, 2013 JPL Press Launch. Dr. Harrison, who is the NuSTAR Principle Investigator, is in the California Institute of Technologies (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. She continued to describe that “The radiation we see is warped and distorted through the motions of particles plus the black hole’s incredibly robust gravity.”

Astronomers use X-ray telescopes to check out the spin-costs of supermassive black holes. Till this review was conducted, these spin-price measurements ended up being uncertain because obscuring thick veils of gas hide the holes and, consequently, befuddle the observations. Together with XMM-Newton, NuSTAR was in a position to observe a greater assortment of X-ray energies and peer deeper in the heavily clouded region around the supermassive hole. These observations revealed which the X-rays ended up being getting warped because of the really strong gravity with the black hole, in lieu of from the obscuring clouds of gas. This discovery is important simply because it indicates that the spin costs of those dark-hearted beasts may be calculated with know-how now readily available. In addition, calculating the spin of the supermassive black hole supplies a simple comprehension of its previous record, at the same time as that of its galaxy-host.

Supermassive black holes are encircled by extremely thin accretion disks, formed when their gravity sucks doomed subject into their hungry jaws. Einstein’s theory of gravity predicts which the sooner a black hole spins, the closer the accretion disk will be to the giant black hole. The closer the accretion disk, slightly more the black hole’s immense gravity will warp the X-ray lgt flowing away the disk.

“These monsters, with masses from thousands and thousands to billions of periods that with the Sun, are formed as modest seeds inside the earlier Universe and expand by swallowing stars and gas in their host galaxies, merging with other giant black holes when galaxies collide, or the two,” explained the review’s guide author Dr. Guido Risaliti inside February 27 2013 JPL Press Discharge. Dr. Risaliti is for the Harvard-Smithsonian Middle for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics.

The astronomers appeared for warping results by scrutinizing the X-ray light emitted by iron circulating inside the accretion disk. The workforce identified that the iron was so shut to the giant black hole that its gravity was probably causing the observed warping. With the possibility of veiling thick clouds eliminated as a possible cause, scientists can now use the distortions in the iron emissions to calculate the black hole’s spin-fee. The discoveries might be applied to various other giant black holes in addition, eliminating the uncertainty that existed in previously measurements of their spin-premiums.

Dr. Reynolds commented for the press on February 27, 2013 that “We have been studying about some of the most exotic and powerful objects within the Universe.”

Judith E. Braffman-Miller is really a writer and astronomer whose content are already posted considering that 1981 in numerous magazines, newspapers, and journals. Although she has published using a range of subjects, she particularly loves writing about astronomy since it provides her the opportunity to communicate to other people the quite a few wonders of her field. Her initially guide, “Wisps, Ashes, and Smoke,” might be printed quickly.