Scientists Determine Earth ‘2000 Light-Years’ Closer to Black Hole Than Originally Thought

by Madison Miller
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In more positive news for 2020, the world is even closer to a black hole than scientists originally estimated.

Scientists Have New Calculations

A group of Japanese space experts has put Earth 2,000 light-years closer to a supermassive black hole just in the center of this galaxy.

In 1985, the National Observatory of Japan said the black hole was 27,700 light-years away, however that has now changed to 25,800. Not only that, but the solar system is also traveling 227 kilometers every second instead of the estimated 220.

The team used astrometry, the measurement of positions and motions of objects, to make these calculations since the Galaxy can’t be viewed from the outside.

This does not necessarily suggest impending doom. It will help us build a better analysis of what the solar system looks like.

The NAOJ said that there is no need to worry about the planet plunging into the supermassive bottomless pit. Instead, it can be a “better model of the Milky Way galaxy.”

According to CNN, these values are all a result of 15 years of study and observation. They were done by a Japanese astronomy project called VERA. They will continue to build on and use these calculations.

The black hole in question is Sagittarius A or Sgr A for short. It is 4.2 million times bigger than our sun.

Black Hole Sightings

Earlier in May, there was another black hole discovered. While the galaxy is made up of hundreds of millions of black holes, rarely are they viewable to us here on Earth.

According to Science Magazine, a black hole only 1,000 light-years away, was discovered by noticing its hot gases surrounding it. This is the closest black hole ever found to Earth and was visible to the naked eye. While this isn’t a supermassive black hole such as the one in the center of the galaxy, the proximity can help scientists better understand the anomaly that is a black hole.