Galactic core still calm.

Swift X-ray Observations of the Galactic Center as of February 6th, 2015

Swift X-ray Observations of the Galactic Center as of February 6th, 2015

Swift is finally back online after a lapse of almost 3 months.  For what reason?  They do not say.  Things still look quiescent at the Galactic center as of February 6th.   The G2 cloud has long passed its pericenter andthere have been no signs of enhanced activity other than the brief spike around September 10th.  As I had predicted last year, no activity should be expected from the Galactic core due to the expected infall of gas and dust stripped off from the G2 cloud because the cosmic ray wind from the Galactic core is so strong that such gas and dust would be blown away from the core.  The only activity expected would be from bodies such as comets or planets tidally stripped off and slowing down sufficiently to fall into the core.  So far such infall events have not been observed.  This X-ray chart will be updated on an approximately monthly basis, unless there is an activity alert.

At this point the general consensus of astronomers is that the G2 cloud contains one star.  As stated before, the unanswered question is whether if the G2 cloud contains a star with a planetary system and if the Galactic core is able to tug comets or planets away from the parent star, whether hydrodrag effects of the core’s ion and cosmic ray wind will be sufficient to cause such bodies to spiral into the core and trigger energetic activity.  This possibility has been explored in the May 19th posting.  Currently, there is little chance that the G2 cloud system will trigger a superwave outburst.

Keep in mind that we should always be prepared for the occurrence of any unexpected space weather event.

151 Responses to Galactic core still calm.

  1. Louis says:

    Scientists have recently confirmed through optical photographs that G2 is a binary star that collapsed into a single star. Dr. L was right again! When this happens, the star is enveloped in gas for about a million years. It is not unusual for a star to come so close to the galactic center (GC). A few stars orbit much closer to the GC on elliptical orbits. While some in falling gas from G2 might occasionally result in small burps from the galactic center, we probably have more to fear (in the near term) from more local stellar events.

    • Paul LaViolette says:

      That scientist’s theory is wrong. It is not correct that the star inside G2 was once a binary system and that it collapsed to form the present star. They only said this because it is over luminous for a star of that mass ~1 to 2 solar masses. They have no idea how it got so luminous and have suggested this rather outlandish binary star merger explanation, whose probability of occurring would be one chance in a billion. The reason why the star is over luminous is primarily because a) gravity potential effect of Sgr A* on its genic energy output and b) the high cosmic ray flux coming from Sgr A* and being absorbed by the star’s greatly expanded photosphere. For more on this, read through the postings on this website because I have discussed this many times before.

  2. Bruce says:

    Since Sagittarius is merging with the Milky Way and it has been suggested that we a part of Sagittarius, is SGR A* part of the Milky Way, Sagittarius or both? Same question about the G2 cloud?

    Thanks in advance,
    Bruce
    http://viewzone2.com/milkywayx.html

    • Paul LaViolette says:

      In my opinion the standard propaganda about the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy being a galaxy colliding with our Milky Way at a steep angle to the galactic plane is wrong. It is based on the flawed theory that presumes that galaxies grow by accreting neighboring galaxies. I believe that our galaxy is in the process of being turned into a polar ring galaxy and that this “Sagittarius galaxy” is a stellar stream making up one of these rings around our galaxy. More about this can be found in the 4th edition of Subquantum Kinetics. Obviously, the Galactic center is part of our Galaxy; in fact it generated our galaxy. I recommend you read SQK or Genesis of the Cosmos. Since all you need to answer your questions is there.

  3. Leyline Traveller says:

    A Happy New Year everyone!

    The youtube channel “Suspicious Observer” got my attention yesterday by showing this Nasa News Release wich seem to support the superwave theory:
    http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/hubble-discovers-that-milky-way-core-drives-wind-at-2-million-miles-per-hour/#.VKutpxahpV4
    and here:
    http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2015/sgra/

    There is also another thing that I was wondering about for some time now.
    Perhaps a smaller wave or gamma-ray-beam already hit earth in the from of the late march 2011 GRB-event called the Draco Kill Shot ( http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=26504 ).
    It triggered an unprovoked aurora ( http://www.spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=29&month=03&year=2011 ) and increased radiation was detected on the ground(!)

    What do You think Dr. LaViolette?
    & thank you for your updates.

  4. Dear Dr. LaViolette,
    You probably heard this news already, but for the benefit of your website followers I would like to share the following two “official announcements”:
    GALACTIC CORE RECORD-BREAKING X-RAY BURTS:
    http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2015/sgra/

    EVIDENCE OF PREVIOUS GALACTIC CORE EXPLOSIONS:
    http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/hubble-discovers-that-milky-way-core-drives-wind-at-2-million-miles-per-hour/#.VKutpxahpV4

    My highly suspiscious nature tells me that the U.S. government knew the galactic superwave was coming all along, but they are just now starting to acknowledge the reality of it in a gradual “public sensitization process” to conceal the fact that they have been spending trillions of tax-payer dollars over the past couple of decades to construct deep underground bases to shelter the “elites” when all hell breaks loose.
    Happy New Year!
    –Kurt

  5. Justin says:

    Hi Dr. LaViolette,

    Was just wondering if you have done any calculations on approximate time periods when a superwave could excite/push Solar energy into the Earth similar to what Padre Avondios saw, when the Earth is roughly lined up with the Galactic Center-Solar line? Mid January, end of January, mid February, etc?

    I figure that it might be hard to calculate exact timing, but maybe an approximate range is possible?

    Thank you

    • Paul LaViolette says:

      That would happen only if a superwave was already impacting and when the Sun was between us and the Galactic center.
      The galactic center is about 6° of arc below the ecliptic (8 solar diameters), but it would be nearest the GC on December 17th. This date should be designated as “Galactic Center Day”. So anytime during December would be a time to watch out during a superwave disaster.

  6. David says:

    Happy Holidays to Everyone.

    The Voyager thing is haunting me Dr. LaViolette. How can we we have a 10 month event occuring from our Sun and no other Data has appeared recording this event?

    The remark from the Voyager team should sell some of your books. lol

    ” Voyager 1 detected the most recent event in February, and it is still going on as of November data. The spacecraft has moved outward 250 million miles (400 million kilometers) during the third event.

    “This remarkable event raises questions that will stimulate new studies of the nature of shocks in the interstellar medium,” said Leonard Burlaga, astrophysicist emeritus at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who analyzed the magnetic field data that were key to these results.

    It is unclear to researchers what the unusual longevity of this particular wave may mean. They are also uncertain as to how fast the wave is moving or how broad a region it covers.”

    I hope some of the Voyager people get on board with you Dr. LaViolette, and start considering the possible consequences of the influences of our Sister stars and the Mother Star of our Galaxcy on our little blue Planet and our Pilotless Sun as we make our Galatic Journey. Myself, I would dearly love to know what this 10+ Month event is going on with our Star, and what does it mean?

    • Bruce Katz says:

      Good point. I’ve been wondering the same thing.

    • Nicolas says:

      Im hoping we get some insight from Paul about the extraordinary x ray outburst observed from the gc.
      Would this potentially mean that the g2 was absorbed? If so, what’s the time frame for events to come?

  7. David says:

    You are going to need a box full of feathers and a bigger hat to put them in Dr. LaViolette, I saw this report from the Voyager Mission this Morning.

    The Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced three “tsunami waves” in interstellar space. Listen to how these waves cause surrounding ionized matter to ring like a bell.

    • The Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced three shock waves

    • The most recent shock wave, first observed in February 2014, still appears to be going on

    • One wave, previously reported, helped researchers determine that Voyager 1 had entered interstellar space

    The “tsunami wave” that NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft began experiencing earlier this year is still propagating outward, according to new results. It is the longest-lasting shock wave that researchers have seen in interstellar space.

    “Most people would have thought the interstellar medium would have been smooth and quiet. But these shock waves seem to be more common than we thought,” said Don Gurnett, professor of physics at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Gurnett presented the new data Monday, Dec. 15 at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.

    A “tsunami wave” occurs when the sun emits a coronal mass ejection, throwing out a magnetic cloud of plasma from its surface. This generates a wave of pressure. When the wave runs into the interstellar plasma — the charged particles found in the space between the stars — a shock wave results that perturbs the plasma.

    “The tsunami causes the ionized gas that is out there to resonate — “sing” or vibrate like a bell,” said Ed Stone, project scientist for the Voyager mission based at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

    This is the third shock wave that Voyager 1 has experienced. The first event was in October to November of 2012, and the second wave in April to May of 2013 revealed an even higher plasma density. Voyager 1 detected the most recent event in February, and it is still going on as of November data. The spacecraft has moved outward 250 million miles (400 million kilometers) during the third event.

    “This remarkable event raises questions that will stimulate new studies of the nature of shocks in the interstellar medium,” said Leonard Burlaga, astrophysicist emeritus at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who analyzed the magnetic field data that were key to these results.

    It is unclear to researchers what the unusual longevity of this particular wave may mean. They are also uncertain as to how fast the wave is moving or how broad a region it covers.

    The second tsunami wave helped researchers determine in 2013 that Voyager 1 had left the heliosphere, the bubble created by the solar wind encompassing the sun and the planets in our solar system. Denser plasma “rings” at a higher frequency, and the medium that Voyager flew through, was 40 times denser than what had been previously measured. This was key to the conclusion that Voyager had entered a frontier where no spacecraft had gone before: interstellar space.

    “The density of the plasma is higher the farther Voyager goes,” Stone said. “Is that because the interstellar medium is denser as Voyager moves away from the heliosphere, or is it from the shock wave itself? We don’t know yet.”

    Gurnett, principal investigator of the plasma wave instrument on Voyager, expects that such shock waves propagate far out into space, perhaps even to twice the distance between the sun and where the spacecraft is right now.

    Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, were launched 16 days apart in 1977. Both spacecraft flew by Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 2, launched before Voyager 1, is the longest continuously operated spacecraft and is expected to enter interstellar space in a few years.

    JPL, a division of Caltech, built the twin Voyager spacecraft and operates them for the Heliophysics Division within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

    For more information on the Voyager mission, visit:

    http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov

    Elizabeth Landau
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
    818-354-6425
    Elizabeth.Landau@jpl.nasa.gov

    http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/nasa-voyager-tsunami-wave-still-flies-through-interstellar-space/#.VI_0lRahpV4

  8. Paul it seems to be in a phase or dilating instead of becoming spagetti,,, all that goes outward explodes…. so what do you think now? http://iopscience.iop.org/2041-8205/796/1/L8/

  9. Time is dilating and maybe we believe it is faster and it is not. Do we have the timings right, so far everything is later than we think

  10. David says:

    Dear Dr. LaViolette,

    Perhaps you can help me with this. It is not about Galactic Core, but a lil closer to home.

    An X-100,000 Solar Flare 60 light Years away

    It seems that:

    “The “superflare” came from one of the stars in a close binary system known as DG Canum Venaticorum, or DG CVn for short, located about 60 light-years away. Both stars are dim red dwarfs with masses and sizes about one-third of our sun’s. They orbit each other at about three times Earth’s average distance from the sun, which is too close for Swift to determine which star erupted.

    In April 2014, NASA’s Swift mission detected a massive superflare from a red dwarf star in the binary system DG CVn, located about 60 light-years away. Astronomers Rachel Osten of the Space Telescope Science Institute and Stephen Drake of NASA Goddard discuss this remarkable event.

    The largest solar explosions are classified as extraordinary, or X class, solar flares based on their X-ray emission. “The biggest flare we’ve ever seen from the sun occurred in November 2003 and is rated as X 45,” explained Drake. “The flare on DG CVn, if viewed from a planet the same distance as Earth is from the sun, would have been roughly 10,000 times greater than this, with a rating of about X 100,000.”

    http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasas-swift-mission-observes-mega-flares-from-a-mini-star/

    I was wondering if a CME from this event is possibly on the way, and when it would possibly arrive.

    Thank you in advance for your attention.

  11. David says:

    Yes, Dr. LaVioLette I think it is time to give the Black Hole myth it’s own thread.

    It certainly has me thinking about how many of these Super Dense objects are out there and what they might be capable of in Generating your Super Waves. One might say, the odds have just increased for a Super Wave Event, because I believe any “Black Hole” probably has the energy to get really nasty should something mess with it.

    To put this in perspective, here is a table of magnetic field strengths

  12. Patricia Lagrange Martínez says:

    Thank you for you update. Saludos

  13. David says:

    Math proves Black do NOT Exist:

    By merging two seemingly conflicting theories, Laura Mersini-Houghton, a physics professor at UNC-Chapel Hill in the College of Arts and Sciences, has proven, mathematically, that black holes can never come into being in the first place. The work not only forces scientists to reimagine the fabric of space-time, but also rethink the origins of the universe.

    http://unc.edu/spotlight/rethinking-the-origins-of-the-universe/

    Put another feather in your cap Dr. LaViolette…….

    Your are right again and again and again…. LOL

  14. Petra says:

    Thanks for the words of appreciation, Dr. Ohman.
    Yes i will do. Petra

  15. RL OHMAN, DR says:

    Good Point Petra! You are on top of your game and if we see a reading again to be this high or at least elevated, we have about two (2) days before a majority of the rays arrive. Please be vigilant! RL

  16. RL OHMAN, DR says:

    Please Dr. L:

    I see a spike in yesterday’s SWIFT graph that is very large see: http://swift-sgra.com . Does this mean that the wave maybe propagating this way now? You did indicate that we should expect the event around this time? Please comment if this X-Ray spike may be the tale-tell that we should be looking for? Thank you. I look forward to your response! RL

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