Sunday, March 9, 2008

Hide In Your Basement Right Now!

A potentially deadly gamma-ray jet is pointing right at us:
The evil stellar mass in question is a Wolf Rayet star. When these stars die and the right conditions are met (they must be 30 times more massive than the sun and fast-rotating), they run the risk of collapsing into a spinning black hole, around the axis of which would be powerful jets of high-energy gamma radiation. Turns out, the star meets the criteria. And guess what? Earth is right in its line of fire.
Damn! Where did I put those MREs?

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