Science Radioactive death beam from Milky Way supermassive black hole explosion could be headed for Earth, scientist warns -

robobobo

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The radiation blast that sterilizes Earth to a rocky ball could be seconds away, we'll never know until it hits. There are all kinds of stars and galaxies that shit out horrible death beams, and there's all of nothing we could do to stop one if it's coming our way. Fortunately on the scale of the galaxy that's like shooting bullets through a dust storm and hitting one particular speck; we're so minuscule a target that thankfully we're pretty safe.
 

nonvir_1984

Well, that's all, folks
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Another thing to worry about. Up side is it will probably be on Foxtel and we can all rapture together.
 

L50LasPak

Locked and loaded
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Its actually pretty well-known that a gamma ray burst from even a nearby star could be on its way to us at this very moment and we wouldn't really notice it until it was straight up our ass. This is because that stuff being radiation travels more or less at the speed of light so we'd see it like, days before it would actually hit. By then it would be too late and scientists would probably just hide it so they can be out partying or with their families. At least it would be a quick death, it'd blast this planet so fast the surface would turn molten in a snap.
 

Hellbound Hellhound

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At least it would be a quick death, it'd blast this planet so fast the surface would turn molten in a snap.
Probably not, actually. The Earth's atmosphere and magnetosphere both provide a substantial amount of protection from bursts of radiation, so unless you're in the upper atmosphere or on the International Space Station, it most likely wouldn't be deadly to humans, at least initially. The most immediate harm that would result from a gamma ray burst would be the destruction of our satellite communications, but that would be more a threat to military stability than a direct threat to the planet itself.

In terms of the threats it would pose directly to life on Earth, a far more likely scenario is that it could disturb the ozone layer significantly enough to cause a major disruption to the climate, but that is probably the worst case scenario.
 
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Jewelsmakerguy

(Cheesy 80s music intensifies)
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Wow, I hate how clickbaity these science articles are.
>hey guys this death beam is going to kill us!
>uhhh actually it might hit us
>we don't acually know
>uhhh also if it hits it us we should be fine due to the atmosphere
Doesn't help that the article clearly states that the one that "could" hit us would take 10 million for that kind of light to even reach Earth if it did.
 

Flexo

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The radiation blast that sterilizes Earth to a rocky ball could be seconds away, we'll never know until it hits. There are all kinds of stars and galaxies that shit out horrible death beams, and there's all of nothing we could do to stop one if it's coming our way. Fortunately on the scale of the galaxy that's like shooting bullets through a dust storm and hitting one particular speck; we're so minuscule a target that thankfully we're pretty safe.
Figures. The galaxy is always kill-stealing from us hard working robots. Fucking camper horoscopes.

My death ray was nearly finished too.
 
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Positron

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Can we launch that Greta Thunberg tool into space to intercept it?
What can she do? Yell at the gamma ray burst, "YOU STOLE MY CHILDHOOD AND DREAMS!"?

It actually pretty funny; someone should write it in some disaster films.
 
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Niggernerd

Spooky Fumika ready to cast a spell on you
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I can easily reflect it but I'm too lazy to enter deep space. It sounds gay so I'll just let nature take its course.
 

The 8 of Spades

Pay No Attention To The ♂ Behind The Glassy Smirk
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can't believe no one's said this yet.

‘There’s no point acting all surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display in your local planning
department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your Earth years, so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start
making a fuss about it now.’
 
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