Sunday, April 22 2018

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Food for Thought: Black holes

Allow me to pose a question, some food for thought if you will, to get that beautiful mind of yours cooing like the bird of an antique cuckoo clock properly wound up. Why do we find space so enthralling that we dedicate so much of our time and effort into its exploration? Can it be a simple answer of scientific interest? I think not, for aren't all people looking up to the stars in wonder and amazement during their lifetime? Perhaps it's more like our favorite mystery novel, that infamous page turner that makes you demand more answers. Like a cunning con artist that promises you everything, if only you keep looking.

The latest find comes from looking through the Hubble Telescope and using its data. There is a hint, a meaningful clue, into the origins of supermassive black holes. A team of astrophysicists have identified, not one, but two seed candidates from the early universe for such black holes. And through advance technology and expert imagery, Scientists believe they are seeing what a Supermassive black hole looked just a mere 1 billion years the birth of the universe. Sounds like a very long time, but for a universe it’s more like pictures from its pre-teen years.

There are a number of explanations for black holes; where they are from, how they are made, how they grow. All with sound backing. With this newest discovery, there is a feeling of unity on the subject. More research will need to be done to verify. But the star belief is that Black holes start already big and grow at a steady rate. Like an adorable, chubby baby born one day, 18 years later that baby isn’t so small anymore and no additives were necessary. Just goes to show how much we are like the universe we dwell in.

And here we are, continuing to look. Beyond our atmosphere, beyond our sun and the coziness of our Sol system. Sure we study our neighboring planets: Mars, Jupiter, and even little Pluto - for those who refuse to believe him anything other than the ninth planet in our spin around The Sun. But we want more. Allow me to punctuate, that my friends, is the desire that leads to fantastic discoveries everyday. Look to the stars and keep asking those question, for one day we will have an answer.

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