View Full Version : Galactic core a nasty place for life

2004-Oct-05, 04:23 PM
Galactic Dead Zone (http://www.astrobio.net/news/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid= 1229&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0)

Life near the center of our galaxy never had a chance. Every 20 million years on average, gas pours into the galactic center and slams together, creating millions of new stars. The more massive stars soon go supernova, exploding violently and blasting the surrounding space with enough energy to sterilize it completely. This scenario is detailed by astronomer Antony Stark (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and colleagues in the October 10, 2004, issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Kaptain K
2004-Oct-05, 05:48 PM
Well, so much for Trantor! :o

2004-Oct-06, 02:31 PM
Well, so much for Trantor! :o

In "Foundation's Edge" (1983) the main character comments that Trantor is not at the Galaxy's center, but "as close to the center as a planet can be, and still be habitable". So Asimov took the core's violence into account - once it became known.