by Sandi Martinez
It is said that the universe came into being nearly 14 billion years ago. There are over 100 billion galaxies; the Milky Way hosts 100 billion stars alone. Interestingly, 100 million stellar-mass black holes hang out in our galaxy. Black holes are created from dying stars, and roughly one thousand out of these stars are massive enough, to become a black hole.
To paint the picture even bigger and more unimaginable, Supermassive black holes are a million to a billion more massive than our sun. They are found in the center of our galaxy; the Milky Way, and are thought to exist in the center of most galaxies throughout the universe.
There have been concerns (Duh!) if Earth could get sucked into the Supermassive black hole tucked away in our Milky Way; no worries, the black hole is located around 28 thousand lightyears away… we still have quite a bit of time before we should worry about taking a ride into who-knows-where! Equally fascinating, is that the most distant Supermassive black hole lives in a quasar galaxy some billions of lightyears away… I think I can sleep better tonight knowing that, whew!
So what’s my point? I’m getting there! Trust. We are literally trusting Astrophysicists and Cosmologists with the timing. They tell us we have time; and why? Because gravity holds it all together somehow. We are solidly grounded on the earth we walk on. It’s why as we age, our skin wants to drag on the ground right behind us. It’s why our vehicles, cars, houses, and buildings can stand tall and proud.
So my question is this: Do you trust the natural order of the Universe? And why you are reading this at this very moment? If we can trust that our world as we know it will somehow keep going, then can you trust yourself, and the decision you are making to become an Animal Practitioner? Because trust me, you don’t need a black hole to suck you into the profession you were born into. You’re here. Congratulations, you’ve taken the first step!
RMSAAM looks forward to greeting you at the door!