The Big Think

November 25, 2003

Black Hole

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:58 am

Scientists have concluded some recent study on the black hole in the center of our galaxy. Called “Sagitarrius A”, this monster is approx 26,000 light years away and about 2.6 million times as massive as our sun. The event horizon is approx 10x smaller than the diameter of Earth’s orbit. The object itself, of course, is infinitely small (there’s a paradox for ya: 2.6 million times as massive, but infinitely small!!).
On a related note, Erin is reading Richard Preston’s “First Light” (recently re-issued!), a fantastic, fascinating look into Astronomy and the scientists who have devoted their lives to it. I’m really glad Erin is reading this book. It’s spawning some very long and entertaining conversations.
If you’re even remotely interested in science or astronomy, this is the book to read. Close second: Michael Lemonick’s “The Light at the Edge of the Universe”.

1 Comment »

  1. Reading it and loving it. I’m enjoying the way it is blowing my mind with numbers bigger than I’ve ever thought about. I spend half my reading time with my mouth open in disbelief. It’s quite a rush! And I’m so happy I can ask you all my questions and get cool answers that keep us talking into the night!

    Comment by Erin — November 25, 2003 @ 8:53 pm

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