In 1999 a violent outburst at V4641 Sgr revealed it to be the closest known black hole to Earth. Originally thought to be positioned approximately 1,600 light-years (100,000,000 AU) from Earth, later observations showed it to be at least 15 times further away.
The Sun (and therefore the Earth and the Solar System) may be found close to the inner rim of the galaxy's Orion Arm, in the Local Fluff inside the Local Bubble, and in the Gould Belt, at a distance of 7.62 Â± 0.32 kiloparsecs (24,900 Â± 1,000 ly) from the Galactic Center.
I'm listening to the audio book of 'A Brief History of Time' by Stephen Hawking in my car currently on the the way to and from work. Freakin' brilliant. Making my brain hurt a bit though. I just start to 'get' something and then he says sumat else and it all turns to mush in my head. 'Tis the nature of our existence, though. And it is incredible. Makes me feel really small, yet really big.
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.
It's quite hauntingly beautiful. It's easy to forget how empty it is up there.
"I used to think it was a terrible thing that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'what if life were fair, and all of the terrible things that happen to us came because we really deserved them?' Now I take great comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe." — Marcus Cole, Babylon 5 — A Late Delivery from Avalon
Oh I don't know. I can see quite a few of them leaning back, taking a big swig of wine and getting a big laugh out of how Jupiter showing up had sent the mortals running around in a panic. Lets face it the Olympians weren't always the kindest humoured of folks....