Space Cannibalism

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  2. The following is an article found in the 8/10/2003 MSNBC web site.

    I could not believe my eyes when I read this article (and saw the picture)!!!

    How could such situations exist?!?! Should we allow such depraved behavior in our. . . . . universe?!?!?

    I think not!

    I am against this type of behavior. We should not allow such cannibalism to take place! I'm thinking of forming my own campaign for California Governorship based on the premise that Space Cannibalism is a behavior that should not be tolerated. I hope that you all support me and my platform:

    Space Cannibalism should be outlawed and met with a stiff fine and jail sentence.

    By the way, I am accepting bribes. . . errr. . . donations for my run as a candidate for the California Governir. (And please ignore that fact that I probably spelled Governir incorrectly!)

    Please read the article found below and join me in my campaign to wipe out Space Cannibalism!
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    Big Galaxy Spied Gobbling a Little One

    Scientists snap picture
    of 'space cannibalism'

    By Deborah Zabarenko

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 8- A big galaxy is gobbling a tiny one, just as astronomers have long suspected, and for the first time there is photographic evidence of this kind of galactic cannibalism, snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope.

    THE ORBITING TELESCOPE captured the image of the gorging galaxy as part of a much larger picture of a long-tailed galaxy that has become known as the Tadpole. This photo was one of the first to be released last year after a new advanced camera was installed aboard Hubble.
    The Tadpole dominates the image, but the second-brightest object is a massive spiral galaxy seen in the lower left corner, with an apparent companion nearby that is seemingly linked to the bigger galaxy.
    U.S. and Australian astronomers were intrigued by this mismatched pair of cosmic objects, but the Hubble image alone was not enough to confirm that this was a case of a dominant galaxy feeding on a much smaller dwarf galaxy.
    To do this, they used the Keck Telescope in Hawaii, which was able to show plumes of stars streaming away from the dwarf galaxy's heart toward the big galaxy, the astronomers said in a statement. The galactic pair is located about 2 billion light-years from Earth. A light-year is about 6 trillion miles, the distance light travels in a year.
    Their findings were published Thursday in Science Express.
    The tiny galaxy is being ripped apart by the gravitational forces of the larger one, and the dwarf galaxy's stolen stars will wind up as part of a spherical halo surrounding the flattened disk of the larger spiral galaxy, the astronomers said.

    REMNANT TRAILS OF STARS
    The big galaxy will continue to transform its smaller companion for billions of years, said astronomer Duncan Forbes of Swinburne University in Hawthorn, Australia.
    "After a few billion years, it may be completely disrupted, leaving only a remnant trail, or relic stream or ghost, behind in the halo of the spiral," Forbes said in answer to e-mailed questions about his research.
    Astronomers who study how galaxies form and transform have reckoned that such interactions between galaxies would occur, but this is the first time that a Hubble image, enhanced by observations by the ground-based Keck telescope and with the help of computer simulation, has illustrated this phenomenon.
    There could be more discoveries, since Forbes and his team plan to use Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys next year to look at nearby spiral galaxies and globular clusters of old stars.
    "Our project is to study the globular clusters around spiral galaxies, but if there are any disrupted dwarfs present, we will see them," Forbes said by e-mail.
    In fact, cosmic cannibalism is taking place in Earth's general neighborhood, Forbes said.
    The Milky Way, which contains Earth, is currently interacting with both the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two nearby galaxies that are much larger than the dwarf Forbes and his colleagues studied.
    Another galaxy, called the Sagittarius dwarf, was discovered in 1994, but that dwarf is almost totally disrupted, and astronomers only detected it by its remnant trail of stars, Forbes said.

    (See below to view horrific picture.)
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    My stance on human cannibalism is the following:

    The meat tastes good when cooked over an open fire-pit and seasoned with garlic, salt & pepper, chopped onions and lots of white wine.

    Oh yea. . . I like my meat cooked medium rare. . . .

    ("Hannible the Cannible" is my mentor. I am proud to say that he will be running with me as Leutenit Governor. And ignore the fact that I probably spelled "leutenit" incorrectly!!!)

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    Last edit by Ted on Aug 10, '03
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  3. 12 Comments

  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    We must put our best minds to the task of building a prison that can contain such criminals before they eat our Milky Way!

    To think in 1971 VP Spiro Agnew was ridiculed for saying, "We've got to do something about these earthquakes" in 1971!
  5. by   Ted
    We must put our best minds to the task of building a prison that can contain such criminals before they eat our Milky Way!
    I concure!

    You'd make a great advisor, by the way!

    Ted
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Originally posted by efiebke
    I concure!

    You'd make a great advisor, by the way!

    Ted
    :roll
    I had an idea for saving $$$ on the space station by using a stopcock connection to the outside in lieu of suction machines.
    No would take a spacewalk during a medical procedure!
  7. by   donmurray
    Mars is coming closer than it has been for the last 60,000 years, (give or take!) in a couple of weeks! Will they invade? Will they call it a "police action"? Is there intelligent life on Earth? (Yes, but I'm only visiting!)
  8. by   Brownms46
    [Is there intelligent life on Earth? (Yes, but I'm only visiting!)
    :roll
    Last edit by Brownms46 on Aug 10, '03
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    donmurray:

    Are you not the entity thst stopped the eggplant that ate Chicago?
  10. by   Ted
    It's very funny! Heavy satire on current events!

    At any rate, they had one guy on who claimed to own all the planets and moons of the solar system including the Earth's moon! This guy said that the U.N. had set up some kind of charter where no "Nation" can own any of the planets or moons (with no mention regarding ownership by and "Individual"!) So this guy drew up a legal document claiming ownership of ALL the planets and moons of this solar system and submitted it to the U.N. Apparently they never responded.

    Confident that he found the ultimate real estate loop-hole for owning the planets of our beloved solar system, and claiming ownership of these "heavenly bodies", he started selling off pieces of property on the Moon and the other planets. . . for profit.

    And People are actually buying the "Deeded Properties"! ! !

    Including Hollywood Celebrities, no less! ! !


    :chuckle

    Gave me a chuckle!

    Yep! I'm running for the Governeer of California on the platform of Anti-Space Cannibalism! And ignore my mispelling of the word "Governeer"!

    Ted
  11. by   SharonH, RN
    Originally posted by efiebke
    It's very funny! Heavy satire on current events!

    At any rate, they had one guy on who claimed to own all the planets and moons of the solar system including the Earth's moon! This guy said that the U.N. had set up some kind of charter where no "Nation" can own any of the planets or moons (with no mention regarding ownership by and "Individual"!) So this guy drew up a legal document claiming ownership of ALL the planets and moons of this solar system and submitted it to the U.N. Apparently they never responded.

    Confident that he found the ultimate real estate loop-hole for owning the planets of our beloved solar system, and claiming ownership of these "heavenly bodies", he started selling off pieces of property on the Moon and the other planets. . . for profit.

    And People are actually buying the "Deeded Properties"! ! !

    Including Hollywood Celebrities, no less! ! !


    :chuckle

    Gave me a chuckle!


    Ted

    That's good stuff! I love the Daily Show, it is so funny I hate that I missed that one. Did you see the one with Dick Morris on? It was clear that he didn't like Jon Stewart and in the end as it went to commercial break, he(Morris) kind of got up and just walked off without talking to him or anything(at least that is the way it appeared to me), it was pretty funny. I think he was mad because Jon was challenging him on a lot of the stuff he was saying instead of being a "good" Fox News type and egging him on.
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    You can buy a star or name one!
    http://www.starfoundation.net/
    http://www.nameastar.com/index.html?...rd=name+a+star

    Star Foundation's goal is to support and create awareness for our Charity Partners and provide our Customers with a unique and timeless novelty gift that will last for an eternity.

    We assign the names of our Name a Star Package recipients to Stars that are otherwise only listed in the International Astronomical Union as numbers. We register those names in the Star Foundation Network Archives and never name the same star twice.
  13. by   pickledpepperRN
    Never again in your lifetime will the Red Planet be so spectacular!
    This month and next month the Earth is catching up with Mars,
    an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach
    between the two planets in recorded history.
    The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

    Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and
    perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain
    that Mars has not come this close to Earth
    in the last 5,000 years but it may be as long as 60,000 years.

    The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars
    comes to within 34,649,589 miles and will be
    (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky.
    It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc
    seconds wide!
    At a modest 75-power magnification Mars will look as
    large as the full moon to the naked eye.
    Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August,
    Mars will rise in the east at 10 p.m. and reach its
    azimuth at about 3 a.m.

    By the end of August when the two planets are closest,
    Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in
    the sky at 12:30 a.m. That's pretty convenient when it
    comes to seeing something that no human has seen
    in recorded history.

    So mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see
    Mars grows progressively brighter and brighter throughout
    the month. Share with your children and grandchildren.
    No one alive today will ever see this again.
  14. by   Ted
    That's good stuff! I love the Daily Show, it is so funny I hate that I missed that one. Did you see the one with Dick Morris on? It was clear that he didn't like Jon Stewart and in the end as it went to commercial break, he(Morris) kind of got up and just walked off without talking to him or anything(at least that is the way it appeared to me), it was pretty funny. I think he was mad because Jon was challenging him on a lot of the stuff he was saying instead of being a "good" Fox News type and egging him on.
    SharonMH31 - My mistake! :imbar My exceedingly poor memory "at it" again!

    The interview happened on the Conan Obrian show! (which is also now playing on Comedy Central)

    Didn't see the interview between Dick Morris and Jon Stewart.

    Love both the Conan Brian show . . . and the Daily Show. . .

    Now if I can just remember to. . . .

    What was I talking about????

  15. by   pickledpepperRN
    You were going to SAVE THE GALAXY!
    http://www.savethegalaxy.com/
    http://www.ece.eps.hw.ac.uk/oceans/games/Ioseba/

    Or the UNIVERSE!
    http://home.golden.net/~wshiell/index.html
    http://www.savetheuniverse.us/ayreon1.htm

    From THIS?
    http://www.starstuff.org/default.asp...icles/1163.asp

    A picky eater forced on a Milky Way diet burps out X rays.

    by Richard M. Todaro
    Jan 17, 2003-Like field biologists spying from afar on a strange and wild animal in its lair, astronomers have observed the day-to-day eating habits of the supermassive black hole residing at the very center of the Milky Way Galaxy.
    What they found is a monster suffering from a bad case of indigestion or an eating disorder, even as it lacks adequate food.

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