Mine Is Still ?...

LIFE: What is your meaning, your definition, your contribution to it? Do you settle because it is a comfortable place to be? Or do you push it until you've gone too far?
I've learned in a small amount of life lived that to be humbled by those who speak quietly but soul's shout the loudest, I've been humbled by Grace and thankful daily for it.
Someone once gave me a gift full of darkness, it wasn't until later that I understood that this too, was a wonderful gift.
Live gently upon this earth, love those who are loveless but take your heart with you for some might not understand the gift you're giving until they finally see themselves. They will remember the gift you gave and could come lit afire by the moment of Grace you gifted.
Beware the baroness of a busy life-Socrates. Word's to live by, my motto.
Remember to stop to see what's beautiful, immerse yourself in the delight even your darkest day's may bring. Tread gently, walk kindly and keep your heart afire and pass it along to those too blind to see, too deaf to hear and too ignorant to accept.
One day you'll look back on your past self and say Thank you.
True story.
Welcome to my world.:-)

spaceplasma:

M51: Chandra Captures Galaxy Sparkling in X-rays

Nearly a million seconds of observing time with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed a spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way glittering with hundreds of X-ray points of light.

The galaxy is officially named Messier 51 (M51) or NGC 5194, but often goes by its nickname of the “Whirlpool Galaxy.” Like the Milky Way, the Whirlpool is a spiral galaxy with spectacular arms of stars and dust. M51 is located about 30 million light years from Earth, and its face-on orientation to Earth gives us a perspective that we can never get of our own spiral galactic home.

By using Chandra, astronomers can peer into the Whirlpool to uncover things that can only be detected in X-rays. In this new composite image, Chandra data are shown in purple. Optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope are red, green, and blue.

Most of the X-ray sources are X-ray binaries (XRBs). These systems consist of pairs of objects where a compact star, either a neutron star or, more rarely, a black hole, is capturing material from an orbiting companion star. The infalling material is accelerated by the intense gravitational field of the compact star and heated to millions of degrees, producing a luminous X-ray source. The Chandra observations reveal that at least ten of the XRBs in M51 are bright enough to contain black holes. In eight of these systems the black holes are likely capturing material from companion stars that are much more massive than the Sun.

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Wesleyan Univ./R.Kilgard, et al; Optical: NASA/STScI

spaceplasma:

M51: Chandra Captures Galaxy Sparkling in X-rays

Nearly a million seconds of observing time with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed a spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way glittering with hundreds of X-ray points of light.

The galaxy is officially named Messier 51 (M51) or NGC 5194, but often goes by its nickname of the “Whirlpool Galaxy.” Like the Milky Way, the Whirlpool is a spiral galaxy with spectacular arms of stars and dust. M51 is located about 30 million light years from Earth, and its face-on orientation to Earth gives us a perspective that we can never get of our own spiral galactic home.

By using Chandra, astronomers can peer into the Whirlpool to uncover things that can only be detected in X-rays. In this new composite image, Chandra data are shown in purple. Optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope are red, green, and blue.

Most of the X-ray sources are X-ray binaries (XRBs). These systems consist of pairs of objects where a compact star, either a neutron star or, more rarely, a black hole, is capturing material from an orbiting companion star. The infalling material is accelerated by the intense gravitational field of the compact star and heated to millions of degrees, producing a luminous X-ray source. The Chandra observations reveal that at least ten of the XRBs in M51 are bright enough to contain black holes. In eight of these systems the black holes are likely capturing material from companion stars that are much more massive than the Sun.

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Wesleyan Univ./R.Kilgard, et al; Optical: NASA/STScI

spaceplasma:

Pulsar kick

A pulsar kick is the phenomenon that a neutron star often does not move with the velocity of its progenitor star (the origin star of a supernova explosion), but rather with a substantially greater speed. The cause of pulsar kicks is unknown, but many astrophysicists believe that it must be due to an asymmetry in the way a supernova explodes.

It is generally accepted today that the average pulsar kick ranges from 200–500 km/s. However, some pulsars have a much greater velocity. For example, the hypervelocity starB1508+55 has been reported to have a speed of 1100 km/s and a trajectory leading it out of the galaxy.

An extremely convincing example of a pulsar kick can be seen in the Guitar Nebula, where the bow shock - generated by the pulsar B2224+65, is moving relative to the supernova remnant nebula has been observed and confirms a velocity of 800 km/s. The Guitar Nebula is a stellar corpse that is tearing through interstellar gas and creating a guitar-shaped wake of hot hydrogen.

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We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.

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