Another May the 4th, 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 half a minute, you can take the dizzying 27,000 light year trek from Earth’s lonely vantage in the galactic middle of nowhere 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]