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Monster of the Milky Way

US readers should be aware of Monster of the Milky Way, a PBS program on Nova that’s scheduled to air tomorrow evening. It’s about the search for supermassive black holes in the center of galaxies and ties in nicely with this morning’s post on galactic jets. Those of you with high-definition sets are in for a treat, though you may wind up taping it if the doorbell gets active enough on Halloween. The show runs at 8:00 Eastern time.

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  • Aaron j Curtis October 31, 2006, 10:18

    Excellent,sounds like something I’d really dig”.

  • Tushar Tyagi November 29, 2008, 18:55

    The documentary makes me hypothesize that probably spiral galaxies are made from
    spherical galaxies because of the super massive black hole in their center.
    What formed first, the spherical galaxy of the black hole in the centre, is a
    seperate topic.
    But as explained in the program, the galaxies would start as normal spherical
    ones and the black holes jets would create these huge voids in two opposite
    directions due to there sterilization effect on normal gas and matter.
    These voids would create a gravitational imbalance in the structure of the
    spherical galaxy forcing it to collapse into a spiral disc shaped one,
    with the jets perpendicular to the plane of the spiral galaxies disc.