Eyewitness to a Black Hole
"Seeing is believing," so the
saying goes. "Believing is seeing"
seems to be closer to the truth.
Dec 02, 2010
The image above is an optical view
of our neighboring galaxy M31, also
called the Andromeda Galaxy. Inset
are composite X-ray images of the
center of the galaxy before (left)
and after (right) January 2006.
The “after” image shows a new
X-ray source below and to the right
of the top source. Detailed
examination indicates that a dim
source suddenly brightened by more
than a hundred times. According to
press release, this
brightening is “suggesting an
outburst of X-rays.” (This is
readily believed, considering that
the image was taken in X-ray light.)
The release further informs the
reader that the brightening was
“produced by material falling onto
supermassive black hole
in M31.” This suggests that the
reporter was an eyewitness to the
event; one assumes he was wearing
sunglasses. Yet even with this
outburst, the source is
“surprisingly…ten to one hundred
thousand times fainter” than
expected for such a black hole.
One should not make too much of
press releases, of course. This does
illustrate one of the problems with
modern astronomy: actual
observations are merely suggestive;
the really true indubitable reality
is the uncritical acceptance of a
consensus theory that
predicts a result that’s wrong by 4
to 5 orders of magnitude.
In an Electric Universe, the
homopolar circuitry of a
galaxy feeds electrical power into a
plasma focus mechanism at
the core. Episodic discharges result
in ejection of charged material
accompanied by emission of X-rays.
The power distribution follows the
same pattern as a lightning bolt:
sudden outburst followed by
exponential decay. During “normal”
times, the discharges are small.
However, if there is a surge of
power in the galaxy (as in active
galaxies), the discharge may be
cataclysmic, resulting in the
ejection of quasars.