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posted on Apr, 20 2009 @ 02:01 AM
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The reason we can't see with the naked eye the central core of our own Galaxy is because of the thick dust and gas lanes between us and the core, thus, blocking its view.

What if these dust and gas lanes that obscure the core's view are removed, is the core bright enough from Earth that it will cause 'nightless' weeks/months at certain times of the year?




posted on Apr, 20 2009 @ 02:15 AM
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If all dust and obstructions were removed....

I don't think it would illuminate the skies during the night, but we would sure as hell see it.

How big would It look if we could see it?

As big as we see the sun, roughly?

Good question though, I look forward to the comments of the ATS users who have more knowledge of the subject that I do.

Oh and isn't there a giant black hole in the center of our galaxy?

Correct me if I'm wrong but, wouldn't that prevent some of the cores light from reaching us?

[edit on 4/20/2009 by Shakezoola]



posted on Apr, 21 2009 @ 02:37 AM
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Originally posted by Shakezoola
Oh and isn't there a giant black hole in the center of our galaxy?

Correct me if I'm wrong but, wouldn't that prevent some of the cores light from reaching us?

[edit on 4/20/2009 by Shakezoola]


Yes there is a black hole at the center of our galaxy. Light definitely won't come out from the blackhole, but the galactic center is generally bright due to the millions of stars crowded in a relatively small space and some from the accretion disk just outside the black hole.

The light reaches us because the light source is just outside the event horizon of the black hole. Light only becomes trapped once inside the event horizon.



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