Tag Archives: Cosmic

Asteroid Misses Earth Narrowly, by Cosmic Standards

By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH April 19, 2017 “We’re secure. From this one particular.” That was a quote from NASA’s planetary defense officer, Lindley Johnson, after a huge asteroid soared narrowly — by cosmic standards — previous the Earth on Wednesday morning, the closest approach by such an object in far more than a decade, according to scientists at NASA. The asteroid, discovered three ...

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Cosmic superclusters, the Universe’s largest structures, don’t actually exist (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

“It’s the gravity that shapes the huge scale structure of the universe, even even though it is the weakest of 4 categories of forces.” -Stephen Hawking Galaxies do not just exist in isolation in our Universe, but are typically found bound together as a part of even grander structures. Our personal Milky Way is bound in a galactic group (our ...

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Cosmic ‘Spitballs’ Released From Milky Way’s Black Hole (Synopsis) [Begins With A Bang]

“Other galaxies like Andromeda are shooting these ‘spitballs’ at us all the time.” -James Guillochon, coauthor on the new study Imagine you’re a star passing also close to a black hole. What’s going to come about to you? Yes, you will be tidally disrupted and sooner or later torn apart. Some of the matter will be swallowed, some will wind ...

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