Somewhere Out There


NASA has called a press conference tomorrow to announce something big. Big, people.

MEDIA ADVISORY : M08-089

NASA to Announce Success of Long Galactic Hunt


WASHINGTON — NASA has scheduled a media teleconference Wednesday, May 14, at 1 p.m. EDT, to announce the discovery of an object in our Galaxy astronomers have been hunting for more than 50 years.

Whaddya think? Pierre Boulez’s softer side? Joan Sutherland’s consonants? Herbert von Karajan’s humility? Leonard Bernstein’s sense of restraint?

(Smart money seems to be on a direct observation of a black hole, which would be pretty cool. And, honestly, I love Joan Sutherland. Just don’t model your diction on hers, OK, kids?)

Update (5/14): It’s the remnants of a supernova—one about the age of
Orphée aux Enfers.

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