Great news: Earth closer to supermassive black hole than previously thought

Great news: Earth closer to supermassive black hole than previously thought
Noisy out there. Pixabay

[Ed. – These findings never seem to have any implications for our immediate future.  But at least now we have a better idea of the speed at which we’re orbiting the center of the Milky Way galaxy.]

In 1985, the International Astronomical Union announced that Earth was 27,700 light years away from the black hole, named Sagittarius A*. But a 15-year analysis through Japanese radio astronomy project VERA found that the Earth is actually only 25,800 light years away. They also found that Earth is moving 7 km/s faster than they previously believed.

Sagittarius A* and black holes of the like are dubbed “supermassive” for a reason — they are billions of times more massive than the sun.

But the NAOJ said there is no need to worry, as the latest data does not indicate the planet is “plunging towards the black hole.”

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