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(Medium)   Supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy may be a wormhole in disguise...preparing for cosmic fancy dress party   (medium.com) divider line 54
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2014-05-15 08:58:17 AM  
31.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-05-15 01:08:20 PM  
Or it could be a giant monkey anus.
 
2014-05-15 01:09:51 PM  
yeah, and i could be banging christina hendricks and mila kunis simultaneously right now while solving the grand unified theory of physics.

/but, sadly, i am not.
 
2014-05-15 01:17:46 PM  

chard: yeah, and i could be banging christina hendricks and mila kunis simultaneously right now while solving the grand unified theory of physics.

/but, sadly, i am not.


Sadly? Sounds like a blessing to me.
 
2014-05-15 01:18:09 PM  
Nice find.
 
2014-05-15 01:23:04 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Approves.
 
2014-05-15 01:23:40 PM  
Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?
 
2014-05-15 01:27:37 PM  

semiotix: Where does the wormhole go?


It leads to where the worms live.  Duh.
 
2014-05-15 01:29:34 PM  

semiotix: Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?


To where the whores go?
 
2014-05-15 01:33:18 PM  
Do we get to nominate a person to send through?
 
2014-05-15 01:37:54 PM  

cgraves67: Do we get to nominate a person to send through?


I have heard a lot of good things about this guy named Sybok.
 
2014-05-15 01:40:54 PM  
I find these articles difficult to read.  Sentence.  VERY LARGE PICTURE. Sentence ANOTHER LARGE PICTURE.
 
2014-05-15 01:43:49 PM  
Lovely bit of synchronicity. Listening to Farewell to Kings. Click on the link and this starts playing.

/Well I thought it was cool.
 
2014-05-15 01:46:33 PM  
I, for one, welcome our Bajoran overlords.
 
2014-05-15 01:47:24 PM  

semiotix: Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?


The only thing I see in TFA is: "that this massive dense object is a wormhole that connects our region of space to another point in the universe or even to another part of the multiverse.  "

But that really doesn't answer your question.  I guess the idea is that we don't know if it is even one, so it is even more difficult to say where it goes if we do.
 
2014-05-15 01:50:47 PM  

Snapper Carr: Lovely bit of synchronicity. Listening to Farewell to Kings. Click on the link and this starts playing.

/Well I thought it was cool.


mind.  blown.  +1
 
2014-05-15 01:55:57 PM  

semiotix: Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?


No where. You did not enter the correct Chevrons.
 
2014-05-15 01:57:30 PM  
Oh why couldn't it have been a rabbit hole?  Rabbit holes lead to such wonderful places. Woim holes....not so much.
 
2014-05-15 02:09:40 PM  
It doesn't really matter what's inside a wormhole or black hole. Even assuming you could survive the gravitational forces of crossing an event horizon there is a spot where light is in a perfectly stable orbit around the black hole.  Almost all of the light that encountered the black hole at just the right angle is still orbiting it and more is always accumulating.  Crossing the event horizon would be instant death.  It would be like pushing a grape into a belt sander the size of of the sun that's running at light speed. Complete instantaneous annihilation.
 
2014-05-15 02:12:27 PM  

Egoy3k: It doesn't really matter what's inside a wormhole or black hole. Even assuming you could survive the gravitational forces of crossing an event horizon there is a spot where light is in a perfectly stable orbit around the black hole.  Almost all of the light that encountered the black hole at just the right angle is still orbiting it and more is always accumulating.  Crossing the event horizon would be instant death.  It would be like pushing a grape into a belt sander the size of of the sun that's running at light speed. Complete instantaneous annihilation.


Grapes taste good.
 
2014-05-15 02:14:02 PM  

semiotix: Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?


To a backwater planet in the outer spiral of the galaxy.
 
2014-05-15 02:17:08 PM  

Egoy3k: It doesn't really matter what's inside a wormhole or black hole. Even assuming you could survive the gravitational forces of crossing an event horizon there is a spot where light is in a perfectly stable orbit around the black hole.  Almost all of the light that encountered the black hole at just the right angle is still orbiting it and more is always accumulating.

i6.photobucket.com


YAY!

Crossing the event horizon would be instant death.  It would be like pushing a grape into a belt sander the size of of the sun that's running at light speed. Complete instantaneous annihilation.

Boo!
 
2014-05-15 02:18:09 PM  

cgraves67: Do we get to nominate a person to send through?


we already did, don't you remember?

Here is a better discussion of how wormholes work:  How wormholes actually work - Wired Magazine
 
2014-05-15 02:18:29 PM  

Egoy3k: It doesn't really matter what's inside a wormhole or black hole. Even assuming you could survive the gravitational forces of crossing an event horizon there is a spot where light is in a perfectly stable orbit around the black hole.  Almost all of the light that encountered the black hole at just the right angle is still orbiting it and more is always accumulating.  Crossing the event horizon would be instant death.  It would be like pushing a grape into a belt sander the size of of the sun that's running at light speed. Complete instantaneous annihilation.


No, the photon sphere is unstable.  Light does not collect there.  (Also it's outside the horizon, not inside as you imply.)
 
2014-05-15 02:19:12 PM  

semiotix: Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?


To the surface of whatever collapsed to create it.

Nobody will roll their eyes because there's nobody who knows what they're talking about on that subject. Once you cross the event horizon, it's all hypothesis. Although it's possible to cross the event horizons of very large, oddly shaped black holes without being destroyed, there's no way to get your findings back out, so we have no idea what happens.

You could just wind up with a supremely farked idea of time until you eventually get close enough to the singularity to spaghetifi or you could enter a whole new universe with completely different laws of physics from our own. Presuming death-by-singularity is not inevitable, it could be a point of space warped back on itself and you could wind up in a whole other part of our own universe again.

Maybe you'd become another universe's tachyons. Perhaps those hypothetical, backwards-moving-in-time particles really exist and are simply things that fell into our universe from another one through a black hole. From our perspective they're falling backwards to the big bang, but maybe they're another universe's probes falling forward from their perspective toward a singularity.

Nobody knows.
 
2014-05-15 02:22:03 PM  

Egoy3k: It doesn't really matter what's inside a wormhole or black hole. Even assuming you could survive the gravitational forces of crossing an event horizon there is a spot where light is in a perfectly stable orbit around the black hole.  Almost all of the light that encountered the black hole at just the right angle is still orbiting it and more is always accumulating.  Crossing the event horizon would be instant death.  It would be like pushing a grape into a belt sander the size of of the sun that's running at light speed. Complete instantaneous annihilation.


It does matter, it's just impossible for us to know the answer with our current level of technology.

If the exit point is another wormhole in our universe, that implies that wormholes are bounded by space and time (although those get weird at that extreme).  The universe that we know folds back into itself through these like a giant moebius strip, with the possible exception of black holes.

If the exit is somewhere outside of the universe, that's an entirely different structure.  Gosh, that would be exciting.
 
2014-05-15 02:22:36 PM  
So, now we know where the reapers will launch their attack at the end of this cycle. We must prepare.

/punches journalist in the face
 
2014-05-15 02:23:40 PM  
Still not as big as your mom's hole.
 
2014-05-15 02:24:06 PM  

skozlaw: semiotix: Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?

To the surface of whatever collapsed to create it.

Nobody will roll their eyes because there's nobody who knows what they're talking about on that subject. Once you cross the event horizon, it's all hypothesis. Although it's possible to cross the event horizons of very large, oddly shaped black holes without being destroyed, there's no way to get your findings back out, so we have no idea what happens.

You could just wind up with a supremely farked idea of time until you eventually get close enough to the singularity to spaghetifi or you could enter a whole new universe with completely different laws of physics from our own. Presuming death-by-singularity is not inevitable, it could be a point of space warped back on itself and you could wind up in a whole other part of our own universe again.

Maybe you'd become another universe's tachyons. Perhaps those hypothetical, backwards-moving-in-time particles really exist and are simply things that fell into our universe from another one through a black hole. From our perspective they're falling backwards to the big bang, but maybe they're another universe's probes falling forward from their perspective toward a singularity.

Nobody knows.


Wormholes and black holes aren't the same thing, although I'm not sure the author of this article could tell you the difference.
 
2014-05-15 02:28:31 PM  

Delta1212: Wormholes and black holes aren't the same thing, although I'm not sure the author of this article could tell you the difference.


They are when you're talking about wormholes formed by and entered via black holes.

Although I didn't RTFA because I hate that site's layout. I just sort of assumed that was the point of it from the headline.
 
2014-05-15 02:39:13 PM  

skozlaw: semiotix: Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?

To the surface of whatever collapsed to create it.

Nobody will roll their eyes because there's nobody who knows what they're talking about on that subject. Once you cross the event horizon, it's all hypothesis. Although it's possible to cross the event horizons of very large, oddly shaped black holes without being destroyed, there's no way to get your findings back out, so we have no idea what happens.

You could just wind up with a supremely farked idea of time until you eventually get close enough to the singularity to spaghetifi or you could enter a whole new universe with completely different laws of physics from our own. Presuming death-by-singularity is not inevitable, it could be a point of space warped back on itself and you could wind up in a whole other part of our own universe again.

Maybe you'd become another universe's tachyons. Perhaps those hypothetical, backwards-moving-in-time particles really exist and are simply things that fell into our universe from another one through a black hole. From our perspective they're falling backwards to the big bang, but maybe they're another universe's probes falling forward from their perspective toward a singularity.

Nobody knows.



Well, those of us who watched a certain documentary series do.

cdnl.complex.com
 
2014-05-15 02:40:08 PM  

skozlaw: Delta1212: Wormholes and black holes aren't the same thing, although I'm not sure the author of this article could tell you the difference.

They are when you're talking about wormholes formed by and entered via black holes.

Although I didn't RTFA because I hate that site's layout. I just sort of assumed that was the point of it from the headline.


It may very well be, but if it is the author either doesn't realize it or forgot to mention it.
 
2014-05-15 02:47:00 PM  

Delta1212: It may very well be, but if it is the author either doesn't realize it or forgot to mention it.


Oh well. Just chalk it up to my desire to keep Fark's proud tradition of not RingTFA alive and change it from about "wormholes" to about "black holes".
 
2014-05-15 02:48:39 PM  

semiotix: Where does the wormhole go?


Yes.
 
2014-05-15 02:50:09 PM  

Egoy3k: It doesn't really matter what's inside a wormhole or black hole. Even assuming you could survive the gravitational forces of crossing an event horizon there is a spot where light is in a perfectly stable orbit around the black hole.  Almost all of the light that encountered the black hole at just the right angle is still orbiting it and more is always accumulating.  Crossing the event horizon would be instant death.  It would be like pushing a grape into a belt sander the size of of the sun that's running at light speed. Complete instantaneous annihilation.


But what you're saying is there's a chance that some of the bosons that make me, me; could pass through?!

... all I'm asking for is a chance....
 
2014-05-15 02:53:28 PM  
Sybarite:

Well, those of us who watched a certain documentary series do.

[cdnl.complex.com image 620x400]


Here comes the correct science....

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-05-15 03:10:05 PM  
i738.photobucket.com

Knows where they can go.
 
2014-05-15 03:42:39 PM  

Egoy3k: It doesn't really matter what's inside a wormhole or black hole. Even assuming you could survive the gravitational forces of crossing an event horizon there is a spot where light is in a perfectly stable orbit around the black hole.  Almost all of the light that encountered the black hole at just the right angle is still orbiting it and more is always accumulating.  Crossing the event horizon would be instant death.  It would be like pushing a grape into a belt sander the size of of the sun that's running at light speed. Complete instantaneous annihilation.


Not to mention the minor detail of traveling 26kly just to get to the wormhole. :-)
 
2014-05-15 03:48:01 PM  

Sybarite: [31.media.tumblr.com image 500x539]


Reminds me of this from the original Land of the Lost TV show in the 70s when they used their binoculars to look at the farthest mountain.
farm4.staticflickr.com
Blew my 10 year old mind.

/but did really help visualize what the "edge of the universe" would look like
 
2014-05-15 03:50:31 PM  

Shazam999: Still not as big as your mom's hole.


img.fark.net
 
2014-05-15 04:09:49 PM  

Flappyhead: semiotix: Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?

To where the whores go?


Whore Island
 
2014-05-15 04:23:42 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: I, for one, welcome our Bajoran overlords.


Kira, Ro, Leeta... I'm OK with this.
 
2014-05-15 04:34:19 PM  

SquiggsIN: whither_apophis: Jim from Saint Paul: I, for one, welcome our Bajoran overlords.

Kira, Ro, Leeta... I'm OK with this.

They could've named Leeta's character Cleavage and no one would've noticed because everyone was staring at her cleavage.


www.burbankfilmfest.org

Would still hit it like the Fist of the North Star.
 
2014-05-15 05:14:28 PM  

SquiggsIN: insertsnarkyusername: Flappyhead: semiotix: Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?

To where the whores go?

Whore Island

There is an entire island?  Directions, please?


Just follow your mom

/burn!
 
2014-05-15 07:36:47 PM  

semiotix: Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?


To the Gamma Quadrant. Now we've the Dominion and Jem'Hadar to worry about.
 
2014-05-15 07:51:02 PM  

Hz so good: semiotix: Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?

To the Gamma Quadrant. Now we've the Dominion and Jem'Hadar to worry about.


Could be worst, it could be the Deta Quadrant in the time Janeway was there.
 
2014-05-15 08:40:09 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: I, for one, welcome our Bajoran overlords.


Seriously?
 
2014-05-15 08:53:53 PM  

Vacation Bible School: Sybarite:

Well, those of us who watched a certain documentary series do.

[cdnl.complex.com image 620x400]

Here comes the correct science....

[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x480]


I was about to say wormholes can be bad things mmmkay
 
2014-05-15 10:59:47 PM  

Snapper Carr: Lovely bit of synchronicity. Listening to Farewell to Kings. Click on the link and this starts playing.

/Well I thought it was cool.


I just read this comment and thought IT was pretty cool, so...

in any case that makes me less cool than you
 
2014-05-16 01:38:37 AM  

semiotix: Okay, so I'll ask the stupid question that will make anyone who knows what they're talking about roll their eyes and sigh very loudly before answering:

Where does the wormhole go?


Vega sector.

/this statement brought to you by the council to stop kill at hi animal cruelity.
 
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