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Odd Peanut Mapped at the Heart of our Galaxy
Scientific Computing ^ | Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | ESO

Posted on 09/21/2013 5:55:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Two groups of astronomers have used data from ESO telescopes to make the best three-dimensional map yet of the central parts of the Milky Way. They have found that the inner regions take on a peanut-like, or X-shaped, appearance from some angles. This odd shape was mapped by using public data from ESO’s VISTA survey telescope along with measurements of the motions of hundreds of very faint stars in the central bulge.

One of the most important and massive parts of the galaxy is the galactic bulge. This huge central cloud of about 10,000 million stars spans thousands of light-years, but its structure and origin were not well understood.

Unfortunately, from our vantage point from within the galactic disc, the view of this central region — at about 27 000 light-years’ distance — is heavily obscured by dense clouds of gas and dust. Astronomers can only obtain a good view of the bulge by observing longer wavelength light, such as infrared radiation, which can penetrate the dust clouds.

Earlier observations from the 2MASS infrared sky survey had already hinted that the bulge had a mysterious X-shaped structure. Now, two groups of scientists have used new observations from several of ESO’s telescopes to get a much clearer view of the bulge’s structure.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: stringtheory; xplanets
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1 posted on 09/21/2013 5:55:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 09/21/2013 5:57:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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3 posted on 09/21/2013 5:58:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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4 posted on 09/21/2013 5:59:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv
One of the most important and massive parts of the galaxy is the galactic bulge. This huge central cloud of about 10,000 million stars spans thousands of light-years,...

Another factoir supporting Darwin's theory of evolution.

5 posted on 09/21/2013 6:04:00 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: SunkenCiv

If it has peanuts, we’ll have to rename the Milky Way to Snickers.


6 posted on 09/21/2013 6:05:39 PM PDT by Lexington Green (2012 - It wasn't an election. It was a coup d'etat.)
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To: OldNavyVet
Another factoir supporting Darwin's theory of evolution.

How?

7 posted on 09/21/2013 6:07:40 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: SunkenCiv

NASA must have sent Carter into orbit.


8 posted on 09/21/2013 6:07:46 PM PDT by mardi59
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To: Lexington Green

Winning post of the day!


9 posted on 09/21/2013 6:11:09 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: SunkenCiv

I just know President Peanut (Jimmy Carter) was behind this.


10 posted on 09/21/2013 6:16:31 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.http://img849.imageshack.us/)
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To: mardi59
NASA must have sent Carter into orbit.

That!!

11 posted on 09/21/2013 6:17:13 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.http://img849.imageshack.us/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I hope nobody’s allergic.


12 posted on 09/21/2013 6:18:08 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: SunkenCiv

13 posted on 09/21/2013 6:20:29 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (The Presidency is broken.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Mr. Peanut on stage wanting us to respect the nuts?


14 posted on 09/21/2013 6:22:57 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: SunkenCiv

"What the...?"



15 posted on 09/21/2013 6:23:39 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Mike Darancette

16 posted on 09/21/2013 6:25:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Lexington Green
If it has peanuts, we’ll have to rename the Milky Way to Snickers.

That is really funny

17 posted on 09/21/2013 6:42:24 PM PDT by FatherofFive (MIslam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Lexington Green
If it has peanuts, we’ll have to rename the Milky Way to Snickers.


18 posted on 09/21/2013 6:47:36 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lexington Green

The massive black hole at the galactic center is not itself when it’s hungry ....


19 posted on 09/21/2013 6:48:02 PM PDT by mikrofon (Better? ... Better.)
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To: SunkenCiv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmTbfLO4k04

Found A Peanut. Cracked it open. It was rotten. Ate it anyway.

Tormenting bus drivers since 1937. (The song, not me.)


20 posted on 09/21/2013 6:56:23 PM PDT by HomeAtLast ( Get involved. Because you ARE involved.)
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To: vox_freedom; mardi59

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/jimmah.wav


21 posted on 09/21/2013 7:08:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statemet of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

wish I could understand that voice recording. Hell, I met with him for an hour in 1976 @ a private meeting and couldn’t understand him then either.


22 posted on 09/21/2013 7:13:54 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.http://img849.imageshack.us/)
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23 posted on 09/21/2013 7:17:11 PM PDT by mardi59
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To: vox_freedom

“I wish you’d stop callin’ me Jimmah.”

And IIRC it is a celebrity voice imitator.


24 posted on 09/21/2013 7:21:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statemet of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Lexington Green

Beat me to it!


25 posted on 09/21/2013 7:34:51 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: PistolPaknMama
Chapters nine and ten in both Darwin and Jones' works have to do with the Geological Record.

In Jones' work, he writes ...

The archives of the rocks is a series of snapshots, taken at long intervals with a badly focused camera.

Copernicus and Galileo put an end to the idea that space could be measured in human terms.

The very title of his (Darwin's) greatest work -- On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life -- joins the course of change within a species to the grander process that causes new forms to appear. DNA is a river from the pase. If the trickle seen today is driven by selection, why should its majestic passage through time not obey the same rules.

It is possible to argue that all the great leading facts in paleontology seem simple to follow on the theory of descent with modification. Old forms are supplanted by new and improved forms, produced by the laws of variation that still act around us, and preserved by natural selection. Like the bed of a great river, the course of evolution is in its substance simple.

26 posted on 09/21/2013 7:45:14 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: mardi59
PREFECT ©
27 posted on 09/21/2013 7:54:16 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.http://img849.imageshack.us/)
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To: Lexington Green
If it has peanuts, we’ll have to rename the Milky Way to Snickers.

Get some nuts.

28 posted on 09/21/2013 8:34:44 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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