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So we're going to be inside that bright area 12/21/12? Its gamma radiation produced by cosmic ray collisions. I don't understand how that could be a good thing; are some people going to be transforming into the hulk?
GAMMA-RAY VISIONSAfter just 95 hours of data collection, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope revealed its first all-sky map of cosmic gamma-ray emissions. Most prominent are the gamma rays in the plane of the Milky Way (center), but bright pulsars and supermassive black hole systems called blazars also flared into view.
NASA, DOE, International LAT Team
The Universe within 50000 Light Years
The Milky Way Galaxy
This map shows the full extent of the Milky Way galaxy - a spiral galaxy of at least two hundred billion stars. Our Sun is buried deep within the Orion Arm about 26 000 light years from the centre. Towards the centre of the Galaxy the stars are packed together much closer than they are where we live. Notice also the presence of small globular clusters of stars which lie well outside the plane of the Galaxy, and notice too the presence of a nearby dwarf galaxy - the Sagittarius dwarf - which is slowly being swallowed up by our own galaxy.
Originally posted by Phage
The Earth's outer atmosphere has and will do a fine job of protecting us from the gamma radiation that pervades space. That is why it took a space based telescope to get the image you posted.
Originally posted by reject
So we're going to be inside that bright area 12/21/12?
Originally posted by St Udio
sure we can 'see' the galactic plane...but...
great dreams. com: uses John Major Jenkins reckoning that the actual crossing the galactic plane will take 36 years to complete...
the crossing begun in 1980-through-2016
#1. tells us the alignment of the sun at the December solstice near the galactic center, is an event that occurs every 26,000 years , over a period that lasts for 144 years to complete the crossing
au.answers.yahoo.com: points out... the dense part of the galactic plane is ~200 light-years thick...
its difficult to locate the exact galactic equator/plane any closer than 5 light-years.
So the date we, Earth & Sun, pass through the galactic plane/equator,
at a speed of 30 kilometers per second, has an error factor of 1/2 million years...