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Sunday, May 16, 2010

The spatter of matter.

The new theory, supported by some radio and X-ray astronomy that even I can sort of grasp, is that black holes spit out quite a bit of energy in the form of twin jets from their poles. This is easier for me to understand than just the Hawking radiation that we first were hearing about in the late 1980's and early '90's.

It makes the superdense things seem less of a curiosity, to me. We always wondered where matter might go. I know. It's foolish to think such things.

But it brings to my mind that old question about recycled mass. I've heard various speculations about how, given the way that water evaporates and then gets redistributed, we all have likely molecules of water in us that ran down Jesus Christ's (or Herod's, or Moses, or David's, or Muhammad's) throat. What of interstellar matter that gets split off and spat out by a black hole, only to feed a nearby galaxy, then be pulled into the ever-growing black hole? Surely there's a chance that some of that matter will be recycled and spat out again. Some even again.

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5 Comments:

At Monday, May 17, 2010 1:08:00 AM, Blogger Skip said...

Due to gravity, there has never been a drop of water to leave this planet.

 
At Monday, May 17, 2010 1:39:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

Incorrect. Please pose this point to Buzz Aldrin or Neil Armstrong.

 
At Monday, May 17, 2010 4:06:00 PM, Blogger KurtP said...

I can't help but to relay the end of this story about a neutron star, complements of one Aurthur C. Clarke.


...“‘Flatbush’ must have been torn to pieces almost instantly, and the pieces themselves must have flowed like liquid during the few seconds they took to swing around the star. Then the fragments headed on out into space again.

“Months later a radar sweep by the Salvage Corps located some of the debris. I’ve seen it — surrealistically shaped lumps of the toughest metals we possess twisted together like taffy. And there was only one item that could even be recognized — it must have come from some unfortunate engineer’s tool kit.”

The Commanders voice dropped almost to inaudibility, and he dashed away a manly tear.

“I really hate to say this.” He sighed. “But the only identifiable fragment of the pride of the United States Space Navy was . . . one star-mangled spanner.”

 
At Monday, May 17, 2010 6:29:00 PM, Anonymous LabRat said...

Makes me want to make a small sign in a tasteful font to put next to the nearest source of Holy Water I can find.

"Some molecules guaranteed filtered through the kidneys of Christ."

 
At Monday, May 17, 2010 8:06:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Good question Matt, and I don't have a CLUE to the answer, but what you've said makes sense in the larger scheme of things.

 

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