This morning’s old fart top news story is about an article reporting a massive explosion in deep space that left me with some serious concerns. Astronomers used data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the ESA’s XMM-Newton, and other instruments in Australia and India, to detect what they ‘believe’ to be the largest interstellar explosion ever observed by humans. They say the record-breaking explosion took place in a cluster of galaxies nearly 400 million light-years away, and it’s believed to have originated in a black hole at the heart of the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster.
The Explosion Took Place In A Cluster Of Galaxies Nearly 400 Million Light-years Away
Astronomers consider the deep space explosion to be just another part of the ‘Big Bang’, the leading scientific explanation about how the universe began. At its simplest the Big Bang theory says that the universe started with a small singularity, which at some point, and for some reason, exploded. The super nova sent debris flying, and that debris field expanded over the next 13.8 billion years as it coalesced into the stars, planets, and other objects as it became the cosmos that we know today.
Explosions Send Matter Outwardly At A Very High Rate Of Speed
So astronomers theorize that the latest massive explosion may well be a continuation of the Big Bang process. But whether it is or not, it sure enough has this old fart thinking right deeply, and being concerned about a couple of things. First, I’ve found out the hard way that when things explode, they usually send a great deal of matter hurling in an outwardly direction at a very high rate of speed, much the chagrin of the matter in its way. That bodes badly for planets in the flying matter’s way. And second is, if the universe began as a singularity, then exploded and expanded to become the universe as we know it, continuing to expand to this day, just exactly what in tarntion is it that the universe is expanding into?
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