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16-Year Long Study Tracks Stars Orbiting the Milky Way Black Hole

12/14/2008 08:05PM

16-Year Long Study Tracks Stars Orbiting the Milky Way Black Hole

In a 16-year long study, using several of ESO's flagship telescopes, a team of German astronomers has produced the most detailed view ever of the surroundings of the monster lurking at our Galaxy's heart — a supermassive black hole. The research has unravelled the hidden secrets of this tumultuous region by mapping the orbits of almost 30 stars, a five-fold increase over previous studies. One of the stars has now completed a full orbit around the black hole.


Guy, <br><br>With this story also, the begining of the story is to the right of the image and the webpage provides no horizonal scroll bar to move things to the left so that I can read the text on the right. Help! Thanks.<br><br>Lee Mundell
  • filmdos [Paul Walsh]
  • 12/16/2008 04:10PM
The original poster had not resized the image to account for the wide range of monitors used by our members. I have corrected the image.<br><br>-Paul S. Walsh<br>Editor, AstroMart/ATWB

  • newtgem [Ronald Abraham]
  • 12/16/2008 07:02PM
I just wondered if someone knew where there was info available indicating distances, revolution periods, orbital planes, etc.