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# Astronomers theorize that a black hole forms when a

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29 Apr 2006, 20:48
Complete discussion at the below mentioned link
astronomers-theorize-that-a-black-hole-forms-when-a-massive-147401.html#p1183399

Astronomers theorize that a black
hole forms when a massive object
shrinks catastrophically under its own
gravity, leaving only a gravitational
(5)field so strong that nothing escapes it.
Astronomers must infer the existence
of black holes, which are invisible,
from their gravitational influence on
the visible bodies surrounding them.
(10)For example, observations indicate
that gas clouds in galaxy M87 are
whirling unusually fast about the gal-
axyâ€™s center. Most astronomers
believe that the large concentration
(15)of mass at the galaxyâ€™s center is a
black hole whose gravity is causing
the gas to whirl. A few skeptics have
argued that the concentration of mass
necessary to explain the speed of the
(20)whirling gas is not necessarily a black
hole: the concentration in M87 might
be a cluster of a billion or so dim stars.
The same hypothesis might have
been applied to the galaxy NGC 4258,
(25)but the notion of such a clusterâ€™s
existing in NGC 4258 was severely
undermined when astronomers mea-
sured the speed of a ring of dust and
gas rotating close to the galaxyâ€™s
(30)center. From its speed, they calcu-
lated that the coreâ€™s density is more
than 40 times the density estimated
for any other galaxy. If the center of
NGC 4258 were a star cluster, the
(35)stars would be so closely spaced
that collisions between individual
stars would have long ago torn the
cluster apart.

Which of the following, if true, would most clearly undermine the possible explanation for the whirling gas in M87 that is mentioned in the last sentence of the first paragraph?

A The stars in a star cluster at the center of M87 could exert a strong gravitational force without tearing the cluster apart.

B A cluster of stars at the center would preclude the existence of certain other astronomical phenomena that have been observed at the center of M87.

C The stars within many existing galaxies, such as NGC 4258, are more closely spaced than are the stars within the core of M87.

D Only one other galaxy has been observed to contain gas clouds whirling about its center as they do about the core of M87.

E The gravitational force of a cluster of a billion or so dim stars would be sufficient to cause a whirling ring of gas and dust to collect around the center of a galaxy.

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27 Jun 2006, 19:02
B?
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27 Jun 2006, 21:11
Will go with B too.

But I have no idea where the first para ends so assumed that we basically have to under the skeptics argument.

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27 Jun 2006, 23:13
B. This answer choice gives an alternative explanation and undermines the explanation.
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15 May 2008, 09:01
A few skeptics have argued that the concentration of mass necessary to explain the speed of the whirling gas is not necessarily a black hole: the concentration in M87 might be a cluster of a billion or so dim stars.

We are asked to undermine the explanation that in M87 wind may be due to a cluster of a billion or so dim stars, Now hows that B undermine that?

B. A cluster of stars at the center would preclude the existence of certain other astronomical phenomena that have been observed at the center of M87.

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BTW, OA is given as A which obviously does not make sense.

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15 May 2008, 09:16
Most astronomers
believe that the large concentration
(15)of mass at the galaxyâ€™s center is a
black hole whose gravity is causing
the gas to whirl.

To undermine this explanation - we either need an alternative expl that causes the gases to whirl or somehow prove that there is no blackhole at the center of the galaxy.

Which of the following, if true, would most clearly undermine the possible explanation for the whirling gas in M87 that is mentioned in the last sentence of the first paragraph?

A The stars in a star cluster at the center of M87 could exert a strong gravitational force without tearing the cluster apart.
>> doesnt tell us if that gravitational force can cause these gases to whirl.

B A cluster of stars at the center would preclude the existence of certain other astronomical phenomena that have been observed at the center of M87.
>> that other astronomical phenomena may not be referring to "black holes" - this choice is too broad.

C The stars within many existing galaxies, such as NGC 4258, are more closely spaced than are the stars within the core of M87.
>> Irrelevant.

D Only one other galaxy has been observed to contain gas clouds whirling about its center as they do about the core of M87.
>> Irrelevant.

E The gravitational force of a cluster of a billion or so dim stars would be sufficient to cause a whirling ring of gas and dust to collect around the center of a galaxy.
>> This is suggesting that we dont need a black hole to create the type of gravitational force.

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