I am confident that this is pure fiction being put forward by an unreliable source. Allow me to explain how I came to this conclusion.
The first thing that springs to mind when I clicked on the link provided is that it appears in the 'Entertainment News & Gossip' section. Not
exactly coin of the realm when it comes to reliable, scientifically verifiable information.
The second thing is that no details are provided for this enigmatic Dr Albert Sherwinski. In the article, he is merely referred to as
a Cambridge based astrophysicist with close ties to NASA
A cursory Google search turns up no trace of the good doctor, other than in this particular story. A search of the staff at both Harvard University
and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology both result in no listings for a Dr Albert Sherwinski.
The article then details how
But Dr. Sherwinski's contacts at the agency's Chandra X-ray Observatory leaked to him striking images of the newly discovered chaos cloud
obliterating a large asteroid.
Note once again that no details are given for these supposed contacts. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center
certainly real enough, but without contact details for Dr Sherwinski's contacts there, this part of the story is unverifiable.
However, the aspect of this story that really sinks it in terms of credibility is the part where it states
contacts at the agency's Chandra X-ray Observatory leaked to him striking images of the newly discovered chaos cloud obliterating a large
There are two very obvious scientific errors in this statement. The first is that, although the X-Ray telescope utilised by the Chandra Observatory is
powerful, it is ludicrous to believe that it could see an individual asteroid, however large, many tens of thousands of light years away. To
illustrate, observe this photo taken by the Chandra Observatory of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, a mere 10 000 light years away from Earth:
Beautiful and impressive, but hardly able to focus on objects as small as individual asteroids.
The second error is the fact that the Chandra telescope is not a visible light telescope. So, unless the asteroid (which is, by definition, an inert
piece of rock) suddenly and inexplicably released enormous amounts of X-Rays upon by eaten by the 'chaos cloud', there is no way that the telescope
could have seen it, even accepting the ridiculous suggestion that it could penetrate the great distances involved to resolve anything as small as an
asteroid. This page
gives an excellent rundown on how the Chandra X-Ray telescope records
X-Ray images and uses false light to make important features more visible and striking.
Furthermore, given the uncertain variables involved, there is absolutely no way to determine an accurate arrival date for the 'chaos cloud', let
alone a specific time. The article, for example, states that the cloud is moving
close to the speed of light
However, the speed of light is approximately 186,282.4 miles per second (Reference
). Thus any
error in calculation or estimation is likely to alter the arrival time by hugely significant amounts. When you combine this with the fact that the
actual distance to the centre of the Milky Way is still not precisely known - it ranges from 25 000 to 28 000 light years
) - there is simply no way that an arrival date as accurate as that given in the article
would be able to be accurately calculated.
It is also pertinent to note that the Chandra Observatory has already observed massive eruptions sourced by black holes and has readily made the
information public. From the Chandra website
In its sixth year, Chandra also continued to build on its growing list of discoveries involving black holes. This included finding the most
powerful eruption seen in the universe, generated by a supermassive black hole growing at a remarkable rate. The eruption -- which has lasted for 100
million years and is still going -- has generated the energy equivalent to hundreds of millions of gamma-ray bursts. This discovery illustrated the
enormous appetite of large black holes, and the profound impact they have on their surroundings.
Given all of these pertinent facts, it can be reasonably stated that this article is a complete fabrication.