It’s an Odd Universe Out There!

…and dangerous too. Oh yeah! Be glad we live where we live. The mean streets of the world’s toughest ghettos are no match for the dangers of the Universe. If leaving the atmosphere doesn’t kill you, a “rogue” black hole could (Rogue; one of those words typically used to describe countries like Iran that sponsor terrorism. Wait! Ahmadinejad and a black hole… I think we’re on to something).
“The deeper astronomers gaze into the cosmos, the more they find it’s a bizarre and violent Universe,” according to the latest research. An Associated Press article on covers this year’s annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin, TX. Their research gives space personality — “‘Rogue’ black hole that roam our galaxy, devouring any planets unlucky enough to be within their limited reach.” That’s not to say black holes are somehow looking for our solar system. The chance of us getting sucked into oblivion is incredibly low. But as Lauren Freeman always says, “So you’re saying there’s a chance?!” Technically, yes. Practically, no. Scientists say if you map out the Universe, we’re on the good side of the tracks; “in a pretty quiet neighborhood,” says A.A.S. President J. Craig Wheeler.

Now, how badly do you want to know your neighbors?

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