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Best Evidence Yet for a High-Energy Jet Emanating from the Milky Way’s Black Hole

Posted by Admin on November 23, 2013

by NANCY ATKINSON on NOVEMBER 20, 2013

A composite image in X-ray and radio showing a likely candidate for a jet emanating from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. X-ray: NASA/CXC/UCLA/Z.Li et al; Radio: NRAO/VLA

A composite image in X-ray and radio showing a likely candidate for a jet emanating from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. X-ray: NASA/CXC/UCLA/Z.Li et al; Radio: NRAO/VLA

Jets of high energy particles emanating from a black hole have been detected plenty of times before, but in other galaxies, that is — not from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A**). Previous studies and other evidence suggested that perhaps there were jets – or ghosts of past jets – but many findings and studies often contradicted each other, and none were considered definitive.

Now, astronomers using Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope have found strong evidence Sgr A* is producing a jet of high-energy particles.

“For decades astronomers have looked for a jet associated with the Milky Way’s black hole. Our new observations make the strongest case yet for such a jet,” said Zhiyuan Li of Nanjing University in China, lead author of a study in The Astrophysical Journal.

The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way is about four million times more massive than our Sun and lies about 26,000 light-years from Earth.

While the common notion is that black holes inhale and ingest everything that comes their way, that’s not always true. Sometimes they reject small portions of incoming mass, pushing it away in the form of a powerful jet, and many times a pair of jets. These jets also feed the surroundings, releasing both mass and energy and likely play important roles in regulating the rate of formation of new stars.

Sgr A* is presently known to be consuming very little material, and so the jet is weak, making it difficult to detect. Astronomers don’t see another jet “shooting” in the opposite direction but that may be because of gas or dust blocking the line of sight from Earth or a lack of material to fuel the jet. Or there may be just a single jet.

“We were very eager to find a jet from Sgr A* because it tells us the direction of the black hole’s spin axis. This gives us important clues about the growth history of the black hole,” said Mark Morris of the University of California at Los Angeles, a co-author of the study.

The study shows the spin axis of Sgr A* is pointing in one direction, parallel to the rotation axis of the Milky Way, which indicates to astronomers that gas and dust have migrated steadily into Sgr A* over the past 10 billion years. If the Milky Way had collided with large galaxies in the recent past and their central black holes had merged with Sgr A*, the jet could point in any direction.

The jet appears to be running into gas near Sgr A*, producing X-rays detected by Chandra and radio emission observed by the VLA. The two key pieces of evidence for the jet are a straight line of X-ray emitting gas that points toward Sgr A* and a shock front — similar to a sonic boom — seen in radio data, where the jet appears to be striking the gas. Additionally, the energy signature, or spectrum, in X-rays of Sgr A* resembles that of jets coming from supermassive black holes in other galaxies.

The Chandra observations in this study were taken between September 1999 and March 2011, with a total exposure of about 17 days.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/106612/best-evidence-yet-for-a-high-energy-jet-emanating-from-the-milky-ways-black-hole/#ixzz2lTSeYpJT

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Looking Back on the Harmonic Convergence of Aug. 16-7, 1987

Posted by Admin on July 15, 2010

The Harmonic Convergence of 1987

The Harmonic Convergence of August 16-7, 1987 was a celebration of planetary quickening and rebirth, inspired by Dr. Jose Arguelles.

The Earth’s renaissance was predicted by the Mayans to start at this time and to culminate, at the end of a 26,000-year cycle, in the winter solstice of Dec. 21, 2012.

During this transitional period, the Earth would leave the Age of Pisces and enter the Age of Aquarius. Hindus knew this transition as one from the Kali Yuga or Dark Age to the Sat Yuga or Golden Age.

Jose Arguelles

By winter solstice 2012, the sun’s orbital cycle around the Pleiades star system would realign with the plane of the galactic center, which is known to the Mayans (I believe) as Hunab Ku, and produce a planetary transformation or  Ascension to the fifth Dimension.  (1)

My understanding is that the Mayan people learned their calendar from Quetzlcoatl, which I am led to believe is their name for Sanat Kumara, the planetary Logos of this cycle. Sanat Kumara is said to live on Venus in a higher dimension (much as we will soon live on Earth in a higher dimension).

In the Hopi tradition, 144,000 “rainbow warriors” or “sundancers” would gather at the end of this cycle to unite the Earth. Lightworkers Worldwide suggests that:

“At that time, people will have their choice to accept or reject the Creator’s plan for peace on earth. This is prophetically seen as the return of Quetzacoatl who in the ancient Mayan tradition is also the God of the planet Venus.” (2)

Sanat Kumara as Quetzlcoatl

Sanat Kumara is an exalted figure known to Zoroastrians, Hindus, Buddhists, Scandinavians, Muslims, and Theosophistsas well as  Christians and Jews.  To the latter he is known as the Biblical “Ancient of Days.”

Dr. Jose Arguelles led the Harmonic Convergence.  The ceremonies were held at power centers like Mount Shasta and Mount Fuji. It was believed that, if 144,000 people assembled at these power centers and meditated for peace, their efforts would multiply the power of the predicted events.  (3)

Sanat Kumara as the “Ancient of Days”

Dr. Lyn Hopkins described the organizers’ intentions:

“The period in history known as the Harmonic Convergence was defined by Jose Arguelles as:  ‘the point at which the counter-spin of history finally comes to a momentary halt, and the still imperceptible spin of post-history commences.’

“It was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Quetzalcoatl, known as the Thirteen Heavens and Nine Hells.  The prophecy stated that following the ninth hell, humanity would know and experience an unprecedented New Age of Peace.  The Hell cycle ended on August 16, 1987; the Harmonic Convergence began on August 17.

Sanat Kumara as Skanda

“Thus began the projected twenty-five year culmination of the 5,125 year Great Cycle of History, as well as the 26,000-year cycle of evolution, both slated to end in 2012.” (4)

Of course we know now that the era following the Harmonic Convergence of 1987 was anything but a “New Age of Peace.”

But that doesn’t detract from the significance of the event. Galactic and spirit teachers today say that many more people were made aware of Ascension than if the event had never happened and many more will go forward with the Earth as a result of it.

Dr. Hopkins described the energy changes as a result of the event:

“Since the initiation of the Harmonic Convergence, there have been measurable increases in the energy of our planet Earth.  After resonating at a base resonant frequency of 8 Hz per second for thousands of years, during which Earth has essentially been asleep, her frequency is now rising.  She appears to be rising to a fundamental vibration of 13 cycles per second, as predicted by the Fibonacci series (mathematical proportions based on the Golden Mean, also called the harmonics of the universe).

“Accompanying this energy boost is a rapid decrease in the magnetic field that surrounds the planet.  Our magnetic field has served us in the past by creating an illusion of separation and protection from energies outside ourselves.  It will eventually reach zero when there will be no artificial barriers, so it is essential that we take our power individually and collectively, honoring others and ourselves in the process.” (5)

The Harmonic Convergence of 1987

In 2008, Meg Benedicte looked back on the results of the Harmonic Convergence.  She felt it to have been an event of the highest importance and invited the planet’s population to use their inspiration from it to propel them through Ascension.

“Not only are we being supported by our Universal neighbors at this time, but we also have a powerful particle field of divine light entering our atmosphere.

“The inter-dimensional pathway opened in the heavens, and the Upward Spiral of Ascension swept into our human energy field in 1987 at the Harmonic Convergence.

“Since then we have been gradually shedding density and parasitic systems, so that we can disengage from the downward spiral of the human death cycle, and shift into embodying the Universal upward spiral of evolution. This is the path of hope, renewal and rebirth!

“I invite all who are drawn to the New Earth reality to join the Ascension movement now. Send love from your hearts into the wave circling the planet as we build a crescendo of hope that supports the New Age. Charge it up in your hearts, picture it in your minds and feel it secure into the quantum hologram, so that we can take back our world and create the change needed to provide for all life on this planet. We are ONE community! Our time is NOW!” (6)

Dr. Meg Blackburn Losey, channeling “the Masters” a year later, drew our attention to the steadily increasing harmonics of the planet and its inhabitants.

“Your harmonic vibrations have been raised in recent weeks to a state of oscillation and vibration that has not been experienced in humanity for nearly 26,000 years. You are of greater light and more reflective than humanity has ever been in the entirety of its history.

“What is now in occurrence is a complete re-harmonization of all creation that brings forth a heightening of responsive light toward attunement of dysfunctional harmonics. Like a grand piano, all of creation is ridding itself of sour notes and retuning for perfection of harmonic resonance.” (7)

We are now down to the last two-and-a-half years of this present planetary cycle.

The Conscious Convergence scheduled for July 17-18, 2010 is the next stage in our opening to the consciousness of our unity with everything that lives and our preparations for Ascension. May it result in the falling away of the walls that divide us and the achievement of unity and harmony as a planet.

References

(1) “Harmonic Convergence, “at http://rahelio.homestead.com/Harmonic_Convergence.html

(2) Lightworkers Worldwide, “Traditions of Sanat Kumara, East and West. An Esoteric History of Our Solar System.” at http://www.sanatkumara.info/traditions.htm .

(3) “Harmonic Converrgence,” at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonic_Convergence

(4) Dr. Lyn Hopkins, “Harmonic Converegnce, Aug. 16-7, 1987,” at http://www.thewildrose.net/harmonic_convergence.html.

(5) Loc. cit.

(6) Meg Benedicte, “Ray of Hope,” Nov. 2008, at http://soulfulservices.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=136:ray-of-hope&catid=21:newsletters&Itemid=69.

(7) Dr. Meg Blackburn, “Online Messages from Dr. Meg,” April 6, 2009, at http://www.spiritlite.com/messages.php.

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