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# Would it be possible to visit the center of the galaxy?

the galactic center is about 25,000 light -years away. would it be possible, if given the proper spaceship, for you to visit the center of the galaxy? can you please explain.

(a light-year is the distance that light travels in one year.)
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As light speed is the fastest speed possible for mass, you obviously wouldn't be able in a life time, as it would take 25,000 years at light speed speed. If you did an ecosystem-a-space ship approach using plants to recycle the air and to eat, and you somehow managed to keep this relationship ongoing for about 50,000 years (which would be next to impossible), I guess it might be possible to travel that distance, but you'd need an exotic power supply such as ant-matter or fission/fission reactors - but even then the gravitational pressure and temperature on the ship would be incredibly difficult to counter-act with when the ship approaches near to the center, and the center itself is a super-massive black hole which would rip you and the ship apart atom by atom before you even get close to it. Also, in 50,000 years or even 25,000 years if it were possible to travel at the speed of light constantly and in a perfect straight line (which, again, is impossible as it would involve traveling through/next to stars and other black holes), the chances of making just one mistake that would result in the crew/ship being destroyed would VERY close to 100%.
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Not really because even if you did go with a spaceship you've a problem that there is a huge black hole at the center of our galaxy that's why the center of our galaxy is very bright because there are millions of stars slowly (slowly in astronomy terms, it is actually going really fast) revolving around the black hole. And the stars would be whizzing past each other at incredibly speeds that the spaceship either burn up from the heat or get sucked up by the black hole or get hit by a star.

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History Channel and How the Universe Works.
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