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A Cosmological Journey - How modern scientific data is taking us back to the wisdom of the ancients (cont.)
By Dr. Manjir Samanta-Laughton MBBS (MD in USA), Dip Bio-Energy

The Great Annihilators

It was in studying objects called microquasars, which are smaller version of quasars, that I started to find some answers. Microquasars also have a black hole associated with them, but their behaviour again is peculiar. They too are spewing out material very fast despite the black hole associated with them.

Sometimes they give out gamma ray radiation and sometimes electrons at close to the speed of light and sometimes the antimatter opposite of electrons — positrons. Because we know that within microquasars, antimatter and matter combine to form light in the form of gamma rays, a process called annihilation, New Scientist magazine dubbed them ‘The Great Annihilators'.[5]

What was the cause for this strange behavior? Why was this very fast material been spewed out by microquasars? If there is a black hole associated with a microquasar, then why wasn't it sucking everything up? Astronomer, Sir Martin Rees commented that we should study microquasars because what we find out about black holes of this size will inform us about larger black holes so there was a general agreement that black holes all probably behave in the same way, just at different scales.[6]

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  1. Henbest N. The Great Annihilators. New Scientist. 1 April 2000; 28-31.[back to text]
  2. Ibid. [back to text]

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