Wednesday, November 10, 2010

gamma ray bubbles

It's not every day that astrophysics makes the "top stories" widget on my igoogle. This is freaking awesome. That link has a neat animation and shows the actual data as well.

(Two huge energy bubbles half the length of the entire galaxy, of unknown origin, exploding out of the center of the Milky Way.)

That NASA article linked above is great if you want some substance. But the NYT article was entertaining in a completely different, hilarious, way...:
“They’re big,” said Doug Finkbeiner of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, leader of the team that discovered them.

“Wow,” said David Spergel, an astrophysicist at Princeton who was not involved in the work.
My only guess for why those quotes would be included is that there is some kind of ongoing prank on scientists, trying to make them look as dumb as humanly possible in the popular press...

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