The Milky Way’s black hole shoots out brightest flare ever

November 7, 2012 SPACE - For some unknown reason, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy shoots out an X-ray flare about once a day. These flares last a few hours with the brightness ranging from a few times to nearly one hundred times that of the black hole’s regular output. But back in February 2012, astronomers using the Chandra X-Ray Observatory detected the brightest flare ever observed from the central black hole, also known as Sagittarius A*. The flare, recorded 26,000 light years away, was 150 times brighter than the black hole’s normal luminosity. What causes these outbursts? Scientists aren’t sure. But Sagittarius A* doesn’t seem to be slowing down, even though as black holes age they should show a decrease in activity. –Universe Today
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13 Responses to The Milky Way’s black hole shoots out brightest flare ever

  1. Jessica says:

    On December 21st we will be aligned with the Galactic Centre…..should be interesting….I will be calling in sick that day.

  2. C Millsap says:

    Wonder if the increase flare activity of the black hole had any relation to our suns increase solar flare/spot cycle?

  3. Sam Beckett says:

    See here is the problem, what people get confused at. This flare was not released this year, it was released 26,000 years ago…as that black hole is 26,000 light years away, & any light, energy, etc..released travels at the speed of light but it takes 26,000 years for us to see it. People forget that light is not instant travel. If our star went bye bye, we would not know it instantly, we would know it about 9 minutes. Every star, nebula, etc…you see in the sky, a picture of, you are NOT seeing how it looks right now but how it looked, however many light years away it is.

    • John says:

      Sam…..we understand how light travels and what we see in the sky took place many years ago. But, what you are forgetting to put into the equation is that this galactic flare might be taking place EVERY 26,000 years. So, as we view the flare presently that took place 26,000 years ago, there may be another one going off right now that we can’t see because of the speed of light differential. As you know, the earth and our sun supposedly aligns up with the mid galactic black rift every 26,000 years, and this is suppose to culminate on Dec 21, 2012. So, yes theorectically, a flare connected with the galactic alignment could be going on right now, even though we only see the one that took place 26,000 years ago. However, being a gambler, I would not put any money on the Dec 21, 2012 event. It will just be another Y2K event…..a big bunch of nothing.

      • John

        …. and what you are forgetting is that it is the major flare released 26,000 years ago – which is only now arriving in our solar system – that is affecting us via its effect on our sun. This flare is bringing high vibrational intelligent energy which will raise those who are spiritually ready to a higher level of consciousness and facilitate our evolution to a higher dimension.

        A flare released now from the centre of the galaxy will only be of concern to humanity 26,000 years in the future; a second chance for those who do not ‘ascend’ at this time.

        Love, Light, peace and healing
        Messenger Spirit

  4. Pete S. says:

    Is it just a coincidence that we have a 26,000 year cylce (completing this year) and the center of our galaxy is 26,000 light years away? What if the flare we witnessed in February happened a long time ago….Like, 26,000 years ago?

  5. nanoduck says:

    Any chance of us being in the line of fire?

    • One of the things we don’t know what effect this might have on us. We typically think of the transferrence of energy at the propagation of light’s speed.

      • John says:

        Now that is an interesting point. I never thought about this idea of the transferrence of energy propagating at the speed of light. So, what you are saying is: YES…this flare took place 26,000 years ago, but we are now seeing its LIGHT and also now we will receive it’s energy which in turn may coincide with Dec 21, 2012. Now that is an interesting thought. Maybe pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together. Thanks for the idea.

  6. atom says:

    This is kind of stupid comment to say the black hole should be showing a decrease in activity, I mean how would they know one way or the other. How long has this black hole been, being observed.

  7. Crescent1967 says:

    See Pane Andov’s website for some interesting information on this. He has some lengthy presentations and writings that talk of upcoming changes that will be caused by cyclical burst of energy from the core of the galaxy.

  8. JC72 says:

    The true nature and effects caused by blackholes are still with in the realms of Theoretical Physics, so nobody can say with any certainty what effect passing through the galactic center of our gallexy might have here on earth. From earth we can only veiw the movment of light being emitted from the center of the milkyway and calculate the time the light has taken to arrive in our field of vision. Blackholes are super dense heavy object,s that wiegh so much that they distort the very fabric of time and space. A blackhole is called a singularity, it is a single dimension with infinte potential so it is esentially another universe out of which are emitted forces that do not match our reality and current scientific paradigms. I dont beleive anything catastrophic will happen when we pass through this central region of the universe otherwise we would see evidence of past destructions being recorded geologically. Also the fact that life has remained on this planet for so many millenia without end I find very comforting. Most of the historical catastrophes have a terrestrial origin aside from a very few and rare metor strikes we rarly have nothing to fear from the universe its self.

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