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Star Discovered Racing Around Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy: Crucial to Revealing Fabric of Space and Time

Science & Tech  (tags: Astronomy and Physics, Andrea Ghez, UCLA, star discovered, S0-102, shortest known orbit, star orbits huge black hole, center of Milky Way, galaxy, Einstein, Theory of General Relativity, adaptic optics, space/time )

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UCLA astronomers report the discovery of a remarkable star that orbits the enormous black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy in a blistering 11-and-a-half years -- the shortest known orbit of any star near this black hole.

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Sue Matheson (79)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 2:26 pm
interesting. thanks.

Terry V (30)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 5:18 pm
very interesting thanks

Teresa Cowley (274)
Friday October 5, 2012, 6:35 am
I find this extremely interesting--unfortunately, I'm not knowledgeable enough to understand much of it--but I still like to read about it!

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Friday October 5, 2012, 6:47 am
Looking forward to what this reveals in the near future I hope :) Thanks Judy.

Sonia B (4)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:05 am
how interesting...could it shed new light on the mysteries of the universe...?

Brittany D (28)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:12 am
very interesting. Thank you.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:56 am
very interesting, please keep us posted...

Paul Carter Block (28)
Friday October 5, 2012, 12:55 pm
Teresa Cowley (Friday October 5, 2012, 6:35 am): There are very few of us who can understand these wonders and most of us are not cut out to grasp such enormities. The important thing for us humans is to continue to be awed by the marvels of nature and never to give up admiring - and respecting - her beauty and complexity. As Arthur C Clarke said, "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". And we all need a little magic in our lives.

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday October 5, 2012, 3:04 pm

Bianca D (87)
Friday October 5, 2012, 3:50 pm
Cool! Thanks Judy.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday October 5, 2012, 4:48 pm
Noted & thanks for posting, Judy. I find this fascinating, too, although am not schooled in this subject. I really like learning the up-to-date info.

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Friday October 5, 2012, 8:45 pm
Judy thanks for posting this incredibly fascinating science news!
Like everyone here I don't know anythink about quantum science / physics ... way over my head; however that fact that finding
" two stars that orbit our galaxy's supermassive black hole in much less than a human lifetime," is really beyond exciting to me!
Bring it on!

Daphne Waisel (0)
Friday October 5, 2012, 9:12 pm
very interesting thanks

Anthony Hilbert (6)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 2:38 am
I can picture the SF writers leaping to their keyboards... the possibilities are mind-blowing.

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 5:10 am

g d c (0)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 2:36 pm

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 7:38 pm
The good news is the black hole is 26,000 light years away.
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