I’ve been saying it for years: one day space will attack us.

And now, finally, prophecy is coming true….sorta.

Accordinto today’s headlines (and I am not making up the wording of this, I promise): “A black hole in a ‘death star galaxy’ blast[ed] a neighboring galaxy with a deadly jet of radiation and energy.

Yes, space and ground telescopes captured images of this cosmic violence, the likes of which no human has ever seen before. The images show the galaxy shooting a stream of deadly radiation particles into the lower section of the other galaxy, which is about one-tenth its size. Both are about 8.2 billion trillion miles from Earth, orbiting around each other.

“It’s like a bully, a black-hole bully punching the nose of a passing galaxy,” said astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York.

But what if Earth were in the way off this deadly blast (don’t worry, it’s not)? Well, scientists say the high-energy particles and radiation of the jet would strip away the planet’s protective ozone layer and compress the protective magnetosphere within months. That would then allow the sun and the jet itself to bombard the planet with high-energy particles, decomposing and sterilizing life on Earth as we know it.

“This is a reminder that you are not alone in the universe, “warned Tyson. “You are not isolated. You are not an island.”

Scary, huh?

(Watch a video of this event here)



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