A Feast

Searching through photo section of Hubble tellescope website, I have found something… well, you could say interesting :left:

"Centaurus A galaxy, NGC 5128, a Type EO peculiar elliptical galaxy in the constellation Centaurus. This galaxy is one of the most luminous and massive galaxies known and is a strong source of both radio and X-ray radiation. Current theories suggest that the nucleus is experiencing giant explosions involving millions of stars and that the dark band across the galactic disk is material being ejected outward."

Knowing about how much important discoveries Hubble tellescope made possible in a last decade or so, I went to News Releases of the website, serching for a massive black holes that could be hiding in center of that galaxy. And found this:

"Astronomers have obtained an unprecedented look at the nearest example of galactic cannibalism โ€” a massive black hole hidden at the center of a nearby giant galaxy that is feeding on a smaller galaxy in a spectacular collision….
The Hubble wide-field camera visible image of the merged Centaurus A galaxy, also called NGC 5128, shows in sharp clarity a dramatic dark lane of dust girdling the galaxy. Blue clusters of newborn stars are clearly resolved, and silhouettes of dust filaments are interspersed with blazing orange-glowing gas. Located only 10 million light-years away, this peculiar-looking galaxy contains the closest active galactic nucleus to Earth and has long been considered an example of an elliptical galaxy disrupted by a recent collision with a smaller companion spiral galaxy…..
The suspected black hole is so dense it contains the mass of perhaps a billion stars, compacted into a small region of space not much larger than our Solar System….
This black hole is doing its own thing. Aside from receiving fresh fuel from a devoured galaxy, it may be oblivious to the rest of the galaxy and the collision," said Ethan Schreier of the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD."

So, knowing this is only a 10 million light-years away and that this giant black hole could be consisted of billions of stars it already "ate", I would like to ask one and only simple question.

After it finishes the rest of that galaxy, is it going to burp? :insane:

Entire story here. Both photos taken from Hubble website.

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71 Responses to A Feast

  1. Spaggyj says:

    Holy crapola :eyes: ! Doom! :p

  2. L2D2 says:

    Will it have the Milky Way Galaxy for it's next meal? :eyes: :yikes: Maybe we need to step up the search for earth-like planets and get our space program to building city ships to carry us to said planets before this catastrophe happens!Is this the way the universe will end? So many questions! What is this going to do to your galaxy-wide business, Darko? :no:

  3. edwardpiercy says:

    Whole lotta shakin' goin' on! ๐Ÿ™‚"contains the mass of perhaps a billion stars, compacted into a small region of space"Exactly like my hallway closet. Which reminds me, I gotta clean that thing out.Fascinating stuff, thanks for the lesson!

  4. Dacotah says:

    Love it. Thanks for posting this Darko.

  5. Stardancer says:

    Love the photos, Darko! Thanks for this.:up:

  6. Suntana says:

    Hey, C'mon! It's 10 Million Light Years away!Fuhgedaboutit! :pirate: :headbang:If it speeds up its progression towards Earth, we'll just set Bruce Willis, Rambo and Arnold Schwarzenegger to stagger it some. Then :norris: can Roundhouse its ass on back to the outer reaches of the universe. :headbang: :yes:

  7. Furie says:

    Wow, a real glutton eh? :eyes: If that thing does indeed burp after it's meal we'll probably be looking at the closest thing we can see to the creation of the universe.

  8. ellinidata says:

    I came to see a group of pictures on food,I am leaving with 'food for thought" amazing info and fascinated too!:) thanks!we are so small, we are so small on this earth, in the galaxy …so very small.

  9. risis1977 says:

    Black hole ???!! . .:yikes:I have no idea darko :oLooks beautiful to me ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. gdare says:

    Kimmie, we are doomed :eyes: :PLinda, can you believe how big that thing is? Black hole in a size of our Solar system!!! To hell with a business, I will spent my billions in making a ship that will take me far enough off of it :insane:Ed, just be carefull if you find a Black hole in your closet. Maybe it contains few mices :left: :PStar, you are welcome. Credit for photos goes to Hubble space telescope, one of the greatest ideas realised :yes:CarlosOriginally posted by Suntana:

    It's 10 Million Light Years away!

    You mean ONLY 10 million light years…. In cosmic measurements, it is around a corner :insane:Carol, you are welcome :)Angeliki, that monster is eating stars ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I don`t think we will stuck on its throat once it decides to eat our Solar system :rip:Mik, you are right. And once it swallows us, we will be so squeezed and compacted that your and mine atoms would be probably a nighbours :left:Nathalya, yes it looks beautiful… they say supernovas looks beautiful too :ko:

  11. L2D2 says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    your and mine atoms would be probably a nighbours

    More than likely it would be an amalgam of Darko Furie. ๐Ÿ˜† Save room on that starship for me, too.

  12. edwardpiercy says:

    Well it's 2 billion years till our sun goes nova. And 2 billion years till the Andromeda galaxy runs into us. So either way, we're screwed. :p

  13. thetomster says:

    :p that's what you say now, let's talk about it in 2 billion years … :p

  14. thetomster says:

    :p if this one will burp … ๐Ÿ™„ do think you are safe at you Europa Estate then ๐Ÿ™„

  15. rose-marie says:

    If it does burp, it might release atoms and maybe – just maybe it's you, Darko :up: :p

  16. BabyJay99 says:

    ๐Ÿ˜Ž :up:

  17. gdare says:

    Originally posted by L2D2:

    More than likely it would be an amalgam of Darko Furie

    :insane:Dirk, if this one burps, I will be safe in another galaxy… maybe :left:Ed, as Dirk said, let's talk about it in 2 billion years from now :DRose, your tentacles will be mixed with my brain; now this is disturbing :left: :eyes: :cry:Leaz, shades won't help you if that burps ๐Ÿ˜›

  18. thetomster says:

    :right … so I'd better reserve a table for this special event :wine::wine: … for two, please :p

  19. ellinidata says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    we will stuck on its throat

    don;t start with throat Darko! Please do not! ๐Ÿ˜† Unless you want this post to reach the 1,000 comments like my"fools day with the queen" ๐Ÿ˜† Throats can be popular as much as the royals! ๐Ÿ˜† remind me again of what we were talking about?? :lol:PSBS aside this is a great post :up:

  20. PainterWoman says:

    Well, I'd certainly would rather it burp than something else. That would be ghastly! :p ๐Ÿ˜†

  21. gdare says:

    Dirk, may I guess who will be the other person on that table? :whistle: ๐Ÿ˜› :up:Angeliki, I don`t remember ๐Ÿ˜† but thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ Pam, I didn`t even think of that ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† :ko:

  22. SittingFox says:

    Woah! :eyes: But Darko, a black hole doesn't finish eating…ever…so don't worry about it burping ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. gdare says:

    We are doomed :eyes:

  24. gdare says:

    ๐Ÿ˜ฎ You mean, it will just move to another NEARBY galaxy!? :faint: :ko:

  25. SittingFox says:

    If you're worrying about the galaxy we're blogging from, this monster has got serious competition :yikes:

  26. L2D2 says:

    By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes! Run! Run!

  27. gdare says:

    What a rhyme ๐Ÿ˜†

  28. BabyJay99 says:

    ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† U're right Sir Darko :yes: :spock:

  29. gdare says:


  30. L2D2 says:

    In case you aren't familiar with that phrase:The phrase "something wicked this way comes" originates in Act IV scene 1 of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth. The speaker is the second witch, whose full line is, "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." The wicked thing is Macbeth himself, by this point in the play a traitor and murderer.Like many phrases from Shakespeare, it has become a popular choice for titles in pop culture. Its enduring usage may be due in part to Ray Bradbury's novel of the same name.

  31. Aqualion says:

    Look on the bright side. If we get sucked up by this bugger, our World might finally turn into the World we have wished for: peace on Earth, end of famine, end of disease, endless fuel ressources and the realisation of The Brotherhood of Man. Hey, we might even have money growing in our gardens and magic garages that will produce a brand new car every morning. Until then, let's enjoy the wicked, horrifying world we are in.

  32. gdare says:

    Linda, thanks for explanation :up:Martin, this is a very positive attitude :yes: And as Dirk said, let`s talk about it in 2 billion years; if we don`t by then make peace on Earth, end of famine and diseases, etc, etc,… then we should end up in the beast`s stomack :chef: :rip:

  33. L2D2 says:

    Sorry, guys, no future Utopia if eaten by this galaxy/black hole. The earth and everything in it will be flat as a pancake and about the same size.

  34. gdare says:

    And how do you know that? ๐Ÿ˜› Maybe it will be better there… with all our atoms mixed together…. :left: :yikes:

  35. L2D2 says:

    :insane: Me mixed together with you and Furie, Mina and P2 and Angeliki—-and all these other Opera-tors? And monkeys and dogs and pigs, termites, fleas, cockroaches, ewwwwwwwww

  36. L2D2 says:

    Dare, you escaped in your starship and I see you lounging on a beach of purple sand with lime green sea lapping on the beach and you in a chaise lounge, beer in one hand, sword at your side, reading a good book and listening to your dinosaur of an MP3.

  37. gdare says:

    Exactly. I hope I won`t be aware of that when the time comes :ko:

  38. MirabelaTM says:

    Interesting post Darko. Sounds scary this huge black hole..but it's better not to worry. There are many unpredictable things that can happen every day.

  39. Furie says:

    Getting stamped on by that giant foot that murdered the Monty Python gang…

  40. gdare says:

    *dreaming about lounging on a beach of purple sand with lime green sea lapping on the beach and you in a chaise lounge, beer in one hand, sword at your side, reading a good book and listening to your dinosaur of an MP3* :happy:Mira, exactly; for instance me winning a lottery, meeting Liv Tyler in a pub where I go to have a glass of beer with my friends :hat: :cheers: :heart: slipping on ice in a street… :left:

  41. Aqualion says:

    I saw that giant foot at a wax museum somewhere. I think it was in Prague. Perhaps not life size, or… Hey, if you want to make a model of a cartoon object, how can you decide whether it is life sized?

  42. gdare says:

    I don`t know anything about that… :left:

  43. gdare says:

    Thanks Leaz, have a nice weekend yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. theoddbod says:

    Now that's a messy eater :eyes:

  45. gdare says:

    And eat everything!!!

  46. Abbacus says:

    And. . . . after the burp: will it turn it's black, cosmic throat, like a hungry, empty sepulcher, toward the Milky Way; seeing us as a just another course, or sweetly enticing desert bar? :chef:

  47. gdare says:

    MY thought, exactly :left:

  48. Aqualion says:

    Reminds me of this guy…

  49. gdare says:

    From a cartoon?

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