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Supermassive-Black-Hole Gravity Discovery: "Confirms Einstein's Theory of Space-Time"

 
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Supermassive-Black-Hole Gravity Discovery: "Confirms Einstein's Theory of Space-Time"
Two X-ray space observatories, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton, have teamed up to measure definitively, for the first time, the spin rate of a black hole with a mass 2 million times that of our sun that lies at the dust- and gas-filled heart of a galaxy called NGC 1365 (image above). Measuring the spin of a supermassive black hole is fundamental to understanding its past history and that of its host galaxy. The observations are a powerful test of Einstein's theory of general relativity, which says gravity can bend space-time, the fabric that shapes our universe, and the light that travels through it.
The supermassive black hole is spinning almost as fast as Einstein's theory of gravity will allow. The findings, which appear in a new study in the journal Nature, resolve a long-standing debate about similar measurements in other black holes and will lead to a better understanding of how black holes and galaxies evolve.

"We can trace matter as it swirls into a black hole using X-rays emitted from regions very close to the black hole," said the coauthor of a new study, NuSTAR principal investigator Fiona Harrison of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. "The radiation we see is warped and distorted by the motions of particles and the black hole's incredibly strong gravity."

NuSTAR, an Explorer-class mission launched in June 2012, is designed to detect the highest-energy X-ray light in great detail. It complements telescopes that observe lower-energy X-ray light, such as XMM-Newton and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Scientists use these and other telescopes to estimate the rates at which black holes spin.

Until now, these measurements were not certain because clouds of gas could have been obscuring the black holes and confusing the results. With help from XMM-Newton, NuSTAR was able to see a broader range of X-ray energies and penetrate deeper into the region around the black hole. The new data demonstrate that X-rays are not being warped by the clouds, but by the tremendous gravity of the black hole. This proves that spin rates of supermassive black holes can be determined conclusively.

"These monsters, with masses from millions to billions of times that of the sun, are formed as small seeds in the early universe and grow by swallowing stars and gas in their host galaxies, merging with other giant black holes when galaxies collide, or both," said the study's lead author, Guido Risaliti of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., and the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics.

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So does this mean we can abolish religion yet?
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So does this mean we can abolish religion yet?
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LOL
"White privilege" is the liberal religion's version of Original Sin: you are born guilty, and you carry that burden of guilt all your life, and the only way to escape eternal damnation is for white people confess their sin, to bow, kneel and believe the dogma of the Church of Liberalism, genuflect at its altars, honor its saints, fill the collection plate, and never, ever doubt.

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So does this mean we can abolish religion yet?
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Is there yet proof, that life spontaneously occurred from lifeless matter?
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So does this mean we can abolish religion yet?
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Is there yet proof, that life spontaneously occurred from lifeless matter?
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Is yet proof that the fact that it may not have happen in that manner validates ancient religious mythology of a particular cultural variety, such as the Bible?
"White privilege" is the liberal religion's version of Original Sin: you are born guilty, and you carry that burden of guilt all your life, and the only way to escape eternal damnation is for white people confess their sin, to bow, kneel and believe the dogma of the Church of Liberalism, genuflect at its altars, honor its saints, fill the collection plate, and never, ever doubt.

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So does this mean we can abolish religion yet?
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Is there yet proof, that life spontaneously occurred from lifeless matter?
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Is yet proof that the fact that it may not have happen in that manner validates ancient religious mythology of a particular cultural variety, such as the Bible?
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As we will never be able to venture outside of our own universe, we will never be able to verify any of our creation apart from evolution.
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So does this mean we can abolish religion yet?
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Is there yet proof, that life spontaneously occurred from lifeless matter?
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Not yet, but there is plenty of evidence that God didn't plant dinosaurs bones to "trick" humans, although his sense of humor does allow for mass genocide, while he's being pulled away to answer prayers at the Super Bowl.
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So does this mean we can abolish religion yet?
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Is there yet proof, that life spontaneously occurred from lifeless matter?
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lifeless matter that contains elements, atom, molecules and electrons

putin

fucking idiot
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ANYONE WHO TRUSTS NASA IS A FOOL
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Einstein was a moron like Darwin.
Electromagnetic Universe mate ;)
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So does this mean we can abolish religion yet?
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Is there yet proof, that life spontaneously occurred from lifeless matter?
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lifeless matter that contains elements, atom, molecules and electrons

putin

fucking idiot
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Well yet those elements had to come from somewhere, even if they sprang out of the nothingness what willed such event and why did it cause such explosion to make appear such elements which had the potential to become such orderly fashioned material universe after eons of evolution and complexification????

Now again I repeat , even if we were to say that there was some sort of intelligent creator, that has no relation whatsoever with accepting that this creator was the one depicted in the Bible or other religious man made books.
"White privilege" is the liberal religion's version of Original Sin: you are born guilty, and you carry that burden of guilt all your life, and the only way to escape eternal damnation is for white people confess their sin, to bow, kneel and believe the dogma of the Church of Liberalism, genuflect at its altars, honor its saints, fill the collection plate, and never, ever doubt.

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So does this mean we can abolish religion yet?
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Is there yet proof, that life spontaneously occurred from lifeless matter?
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all life occured from universal Consciousness

hf
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Re: Supermassive-Black-Hole Gravity Discovery: "Confirms Einstein's Theory of Space-Time"
Asked my physics professor last year:

"If we can see and measure all this shit way out in the cosmos, why can't we get a clear picture of Pluto?"

He had no answer for me.
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Um -- I'm skeptical.

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No way. A retard disproved that a while back.

True story. Read it right here on GLP.
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A "Supermassive Black Ho"
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Asked my physics professor last year:

"If we can see and measure all this shit way out in the cosmos, why can't we get a clear picture of Pluto?"

He had no answer for me.
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So does this mean we can abolish religion yet?
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Is there yet proof, that life spontaneously occurred from lifeless matter?
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I still remember my Zoology professor in the seventies
proclaim that "spontaneous generation" was the theory
that life could arise from "non-living" matter.

Which she said was impossible.

Then she proceeded to teach evolution.

HARDEE HAR HAR!
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Pretty good.
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A "Supermassive Black Ho"
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Chicago???????????
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