Hello all, Im pretty new. I have been getting more and more into star gazing and wondering what is up there for us and have a few questions / observations. I don't currently own a tele, but have been looking at the Dobsonians. Good for a beginner with plenty of strength and time (not to mention I am tech savvy) ?<br /><br />Now for simple image observations I have been wondering about. I notice alot of spiral galaxies look to be whirling into a compact center. What is the brightly lit center? I've often though maybe the galaxy was formed due to a black hole pulling matter towards it, and we can only see the gases due to its proximity to the black hole (and the brightly lit center would then be just so much super heated and compated matter?)<br /><br />Also, if I was looking through a telescope up at any distant galaxy, would I really be seeing it billons of light years ago, or would it really be longer than what we would assume? If we are free falling through space, our rate of speed would most likely differ than any other objects, so could this affect the light we are actually seeing?<br /><br />I've also had this strange though on my mind ... what would happen if black holes consumed all matter in the universe and can a black hole consume dark matter? <br /><br />Sorry about the questions, its just space of deep interest to me and I HAVE to know as much about it as I can. If you know any good reading or articles on teh web, I would love to check it out.