Episode 69: Super Hyper Fire Hose Bucket Challenge

Posted Dec 12, 2016 by bn

There is a mystery.

in the center of our galaxy is an ENORMOUS black hole.
MILLIONS OF TIMES the mass of the sun.

Stars orbiting the black hole, 4 million times heavier than the sun, at the center of our galaxy

Stars orbiting the black hole, 4 million times heavier than the sun, at the center of our galaxy

so large that it throws enormous stars around like they were pebbles thrown by an elephant. not a human, human’s aren’t heavy enough. an elephant.

but that’s not the mystery.

you know, these are the most powerful things in the universe, and as gas pours into them they are capable of producing light powerful enough to outshine entire galaxies… and we’re not even quite sure how all of that business with the plasma and the gas and the magnetic fields and the spiralling in works.

and that’s a mystery, but it’s not THE mystery.

see… in order for them to reach their ENORMOUS SIZE would, as normal physics would have it, take LONGER THAN THE AGE OF THE UNIVERSE. hahaha! what a wonderful thing to discover!

Today our guest is a person I’ve wanted to meet for years: The founder of the Skepchick website, Rebecca Watson. Here is her Twitter, here is her Youtube channel, and here is her Patreon page.

Physicists:Dr. Katie Mack and Hannalore Gerling-Dunsmore

Intro Music: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists 

Exit Music: John Vanderslice 

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