# When would the proposed black hole at the centre of Milky Way gulp in our solar system? [duplicate]

I've heard and read that our solar system lies near to the peripheral region of the Galaxy. Then accordingly we would have a greater probability of sustaining to eventual gulping down by the super-massive black hole. But how long ?

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## marked as duplicate by Qmechanic♦Aug 14 '14 at 20:57

We don't have to worry about falling into the black hole because we have far too much angular momentum from our motion about the galactic center. This can be made quantitative by considering the sign of the effective potential of our orbit. For reference, the sun is about 27000 light years from the galactic center, and its orbital speed is about 220 km/s. You'll find that the centrifugal term overwhelms the gravitational term by a factor of about $10^5$.
Also, on a galactic scale, the mass of the central black hole is tiny. It is a few million times as massive of the sun. On the other hand, the total mass of all the stars in the galaxy is about $10^5$ times larger, and the mass of all the dark matter is another factor of 10 or so larger than that.