December 10th, 2008 | researchmaterial

There is a giant black hole at the centre of our galaxy, a study has confirmed. The black hole is four million times heavier than our Sun, according to the paper in The Astrophysical Journal. The researchers from the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany said the black hole was 27,000 light years, or 158 thousand, million,
million miles from the Earth.”

13 Responses to “Oh, GOOD”

  1. Someone’s going to blame this on the LHC, just you watch.

  2. Observations for the day: December 9th, 2008: Azathoth is real. Much is explained.

  3. Fantastic. I’ll throw a party when it gets here.

  4. Well, it kinda makes sense, I guess. I always wondered what makes a spiral galaxy spiral. Gravitational pull from a ginormo planet killer, apparently.

  5. …there’s somewhere to put the “I did no need to see that” thread.

  6. Duh, what have the Mayans been saying for centuries? It’s called Xibulba you silly germans.

  7. This showcases why I was never very good at sciences in school. Things like this, too massive for me to ever make a connection to or reach an understanding of. I can only ever be amazed at it’s existence.

    Well that and I wasn’t a very good student to begin with.

  8. Well, it’s the central supermassive black hole of our galaxy, so I’m not concerned. Wake me up when the headline says “Black hole found in Saturn, then in Jupiter, then AAAAAH FUCKING RUN”.

  9. Be hilarious if it turned out to be a nostril.

  10. So, that means we could already be on the way into a black hole as you read this. Gravitational wells for everyone!

  11. All galaxies have a super-massive black hole at the center, or at least that’s the theory i’ve seen touted a lot lately. Basically, we’re all circling one cosmic drain or another.

  12. Back in the 1970s, Larry Niven explored the possibility in short stories (and indicrectly) “Ringworld”. One species figured that the way to deal with the wave-front of radiation coming out of such a supermassive blackhole would be to move planets out of the Milky Way… helluva way to travel.

  13. Catullus:

    Yeah, that was the Pierson’s Puppeteers — they moved the entire Puppeteer homeworld, plus four “farming worlds” and a sun, in order to escape the radiation wave:


    More generically, the prevailing model for more than a decade has been of supermassive black holes at the center of many galaxies, as Hyperandum mentioned.