A Journey To The Black Hole At The Heart Of The Milky Way Galaxy

September 13, 2018

This is a video created by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) using 26 years of the telescopic data they've collected to provide a journey to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Some more info while I pop some popcorn: "I thought you hated popcorn." God, I'm grabbing a beer, okay?

This zoom video sequence starts with a broad view of the Milky Way. We then dive into the dusty central region to take a much closer look. There lurks a 4-million solar mass black hole, surrounded by a swarm of stars orbiting rapidly. We first see the stars in motion, thanks to 26 years of data from ESO's telescopes. We then see an even closer view of one of the stars, known as S2, passing very close to the black hole in May 2018. The final part shows a simulation of the motions of the stars.

Man, how cool would actually be to travel the ~26,000 light years to the center of the galaxy THEN DIVE RIGHT IN THAT BLACK HOLE.? Now that's how you get your name in the history books (or the future books, who knows!). And imagine if you survived -- now that's how you get your named talked about in hushed tones behind your back. 'Did you see Mr. Blackhole? He's different now.' Right? What's up with all those tentacles?

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Alan, who agrees the first one into the black hole wins the race.

  • Bosun Higgs

    (Snort!) Black holes don't exist, nor is there one at the center of every galaxy. There is none of the predicted lensing. http://www.extinctionshift.com

    "Dark Matter" is yet another "epicycle" added to the mix because galactic rotation curves do not match that expected from a central mass (namely a black hole).

    VLA images of the center of the galaxy do not match the SMBH paradigm.

    And so on.

  • Fartbutt

    That close up was unreal... I sure wish aliens would abduct me already and turn me into a mutant lizard snake boy so I can slither my tongue into people's ears and lick their brains

  • Douchy McDouche

    Looks like the journey to your mother's vagina. Hey-oooohh!!!

  • Bling Nye

    Hello Darkness, my old friend...

  • Andyman7714

    I feel like I've to Uranus and back.

  • Munihausen

    Think of where civilization would be if 10% of time and resources Americans dedicate to watching sportsball was rather spent on cosmological studies.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    I am nothing

  • We all are.

  • Bling Nye

    "We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself." - Carl Sagan


  • TheQiwiMan

    Not to ME you're not.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    @@theqiwiman:disqus Wholesome AF

  • Eric Ord


    PS Black hole sucks almost as much as Meh

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