New computer simulations suggest that the spiral arms of galaxies are not only a natural phenomenon but that they are a persistent one.


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New computer simulations suggest that the spiral arms of galaxies are not only a natural phenomenon but that they are a persistent one.

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5 comments

  • Pzatchok

    Its sort of like pulling the plug in a drain.

    Except gravity and space do not exactly react the same as water tension and your sink.
    But I bet the math is close enough to explain a part of it.

  • Thomas

    Computer simulations? And not one word about how ‘unreliable’ they are, no ‘garbage in, garbage out’ cynicism, not a word about how a computer simulation could not possibly account for all the complexity of an entire galaxy… I wonder why that is… oh thats right, its physics, not climate science, there’s no fossil fuel involved. No ‘skepticism’ needed, and none mentioned.

  • Y’know, Thomas, I think right now you are simply trying to be annoying for no reason. I specifically mentioned that these are computer simulations to make sure everyone understood that the results should be looked at with a grain of salt.

  • Thomas

    Yeah, right. The article specifically mentioned they were computer simulations, which you merely reposted without comment.

  • Mike Thompson

    Has it ever been suggested that spiral arms of galaxies are unnatural phenomena?

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