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Astronomers Describe Violent Universe

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Astronomers Describe Violent Universe
Astronomers' Findings Portray Odd, Violent Universe: Rogue Black Holes, Orphaned Baby Stars

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2008

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(AP) 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.

"It's an odd universe we live in," said Vanderbilt University astronomer Kelly Holley-Bockelmann. She presented her theory on rogue black holes at the American Astronomical Society's meeting in Austin, Texas, earlier this week.

It should be noted that she's not worried and you shouldn't be either. The odds of one of these black holes swallowing up Earth or the sun or wreaking other havoc is somewhere around 1 in 10 quadrillion in any given year.

"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."

Just five years ago, astronomers were gazing at a few thousand galaxies where stars formed in a bizarre and violent manner. Now the number is in the millions, thanks to more powerful telescopes and supercomputers to crunch the crucial numbers streaming in from space, said Wheeler, a University of Texas astronomer.

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Comment by pacattack05 - January 14, 2008, 3:21 pm
Just about 6 or 7 years ago, scientists noticed that just about every galaxy, including our own has a black hole at the center of it.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - January 14, 2008, 6:14 pm
"It's an odd universe we live in,"

Yup, just go to any super Wal-Mart on Sunday. :-)

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