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Impossible: My SUV Can Affect This Violent Universe

 AP/NRAO, Bill Saxton

An artist’s impression of Smith’s Cloud as it approaches our own Milky Way Galaxy, which it will hit in approximately 40 million years. Credit to AP

WASHINGTON — The deeper astronomers gaze into the cosmos, the more they find it’s a bizarre and violent universe.

The research findings from this week’s annual meeting of U.S. astronomers range from blue orphaned baby stars to menacing “rogue” black holes that roam our galaxy, devouring any planets unlucky enough to be within their limited reach.

“It’s an odd universe we live in,” said Vanderbilt University astronomer Kelly Holley-Bockelmann.

This is the glory of the universe,” added J. Craig Wheeler, president of the astronomy association. “What is odd and what is normal is changing.”

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How is it possible to think my driving an SUV, or you flying a plane, could affect in any perceptible way the global tension within our universe?…and how in the world (or out of the world) did this become a political issue? Beats me!

Young star HD 61005, dubbed ‘The Moth,’ whose shape is produced by starlight scattering off dust.


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