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Monday, March 10, 2008

File this under... and I was worried about that paper I put off writing.

Every once in a while I hear about things that remind why nerds are cool. Especially astrophysicists nerds. Scientists have coined certain black holes in the Universe the "Death Star's" because they shoots deadly gamma rays billions of light years into the Universe destroying everything in its path. For years the military tried to build a death ray based on xrays or gamma rays for high grade weaponry purposes. Well, I guess NASA beat them to it. See the nerds eventually beat the jocks in the real world. Well, apparently we have a possible death star in our own Milky Way Galaxy, and there is a possibility if this death star comes to fruition, its deadly gamma rays are headed right toward earth...awesome! Scientists have found a rotating binary star system in the Sagittarius constellation. A rotating binary star system for all you idiots out there are two stars revolving around each other...duh. One of the stars, Wolf-Rayet, is a highly unstable star thought to be the in the final stage of stellar evolution that precedes a cataclysmic supernova explosion.  If this occurs the rays could strip away the ozone layer causing mass extinction on earth. The star is a mere 8,000 light years away. Scientists believe that gamma rays from 6,500 light years away caused a 60% earth extinction and massive climate change 443 million years ago. So we're pretty much fucked if this star explodes. If you have a birth day between November 23 and December 21 your out of luck. Just think what you will have to go through if you are a Sagittarius and this happens in your lifetime. Your in for it. I could just imagine the horoscopes in the weeks leading up to the explosion.  Your astrological sign is pretty much the barrel of a gun pointed at earth, and you may be responsible for mass extinction. ouch.
Below is a picture of the death star:

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