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Old 11-11-2010, 09:18 AM   #1
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Giant space bubbles baffle astronomers

Giant space bubbles baffle astronomers - Telegraph

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The two vast structures, stretching to the north and to the south of the centre of the Milky Way, are so big that a beam of light, travelling at 186,282 miles per second, would take 50,000 years to get from the edge of one to the edge of the other.

The previously unseen bubbles were discovered by astronomer Doug Finkbeiner, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, using NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope. He admitted yesterday: "We don't fully understand their nature or origin."

They span more than half the visible sky, from the constellation of Virgo to the constellation of Grus, and are thought to be millions of years old. They were not noticed before because they were lost in a fog of gamma radiation across the sky.
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I was just going to post about this. This is way cool. Are we the only two nerds who inhabit this place?
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Astonomers are baffled by this. REALLY?

Gee, think it has anything to do with the super massive black hole at the center of the Galaxy? You have to wonder if any inhabited planets closer to the center of the Galaxy are able to use this energy. Imagine how much solor type energy could be absorbed and used.

Of is this area totally uninhabitable due to gamma radiation?
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