Astronomers Reveal First Image of Black Hole in our Milky Way Galaxy
In mid-May of 2022, it finally happened! Astronomers make public the first image of the black hole that pulsates at the heart of our galaxy.
The image was produced by a global research team called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration. And via observations from a worldwide network of radio telescopes, there’s now overwhelming evidence that verifies the supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Now, projections show that this supermassive black hole is set to unlock valuable clues about the workings of other galaxies. These studies are vital as it is believed that super massive black holes reside in the center of all galaxies.
Located in the constellation Sagittarius A, the super massive black hole is four million times the size of our sun. It has been named “Sgr A*, pronounced “sadge-ay-star”, and scientists had previously seen stars orbiting around something invisible, compact, and very massive at the centre of the Milky Way. Although we cannot see the black hole itself, glowing gas around it indicates a dark central region, known as a “shadow”, which is surrounded by a bright ring-like structure. The new view captures light bent by the powerful gravity of the black hole, which reinforces Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.
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