Take A Thirty-Second Trip To The Center Of The Galaxy

Take a Thirty Second Trip to the Center of the Galaxy

Video: Another May the Fourth, another day of wishing scientists would hurry up and invent FTL propulsion already. But now, NASA has gone and given us the next best thing: a virtual trip to the centre of the galaxy, stitched together from a stunning series of Hubble wide-field images. In thirty seconds, you can take the dizzying 27,000 light year trek from Earth's lonely vantage in the galactic boondocks to the Milky Way's densely-packed core, where a million suns are crammed into the volume of space between here and Alpha Centauri. At the centre of our galaxy, stars swarm about the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*, a bunch of giant fusion reactors popping off into abyss one by one.

It will leave you feeling very small and powerless, and also wishing you had a control knob to enhance that damn black hole.

[Hubble]

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