Fox News — Astronomers have observed a stunning, supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way that’s pulling gas blobs into its vortex at 30 percent of the speed of light.
According to researchers, the monster black hole, known as Sagittarius A* (pronounced “A-star”), is a physical point of no return that pulls any matter that’s too close into a death spiral.
Sagittarius A* is thought to be a black hole with a mass that’s more than 4 million times the mass of our sun, residing about 25,000 light-years from Earth.
I don’t think it’s ever good when something is renamed after the A-Bomb. A-Star sounds like the Rose Bowl of the black hole stadiums. The only black hole simulation that I trust is that from the movie Interstellar (pictured above). The reaction McConaughey gives to seeing half of what I assume the A-Star looks like is the exact reaction anyone would have when looking into the heart of death. Not to mention, the boundless area we know as Space would overtake any sort of calm feeling. I know that black hole depicted above is from a movie and is CGI, but that’s essentially what a black hole looks like. Just sucking the life and light out of anything around it. I don’t feel comfortable sitting on Earth knowing it’s only 25,000 light years away. Sounds like a lot, but when you’re dealing with a black hole that’s the size of 4 trillion Earths, 25,000 light years feels like a football field.
The article states “(The A-Star) is a physical point of no return that pulls any matter that’s too close into a death spiral.” The only point of no return that I’ve been exposed to is anything past 3 o’clock in the morning. The terms ‘point of no return’ and ‘death spiral’ being used in the same sentence would usually scare me, but its Halloween so Mike Meyers is my main worry right now. A death spiral does have a lot of potential to be the next premier roller coaster ride at six flags, but as far as being pulled into a death spiral goes, it sounds worse than missing the Red Sox parade. Not by much, but still a little worse.
Maybe I’m being a child about this black hole, but when you read its sucking in gas at 30 percent of the speed of light, it would rattle any spaceman’s cage. I don’t even know how its possible to be sucking in gas, I’m only used to pushing it out. By now, I’m surprised we haven’t sent someone through one of these bad boys. Not because it’s a good idea, but because Interstellar made it seem like that was the key to space travel. Someone find Elon Musk’s spaceship he flew to this planet and lets send that vessel into the Atom Bomb of black holes.