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Astronomers Reveal the First Image of the Bad Boy at the Center of Our Galaxy

Posted by Guy Pirro 05/12/2022 09:01PM

Astronomers Reveal the First Image of the Bad Boy at the Center of Our Galaxy

Today, astronomers unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. This result provides overwhelming evidence that the object is indeed a black hole and yields valuable clues about the workings of such giants, which are thought to reside at the center of most galaxies. The image was produced by a global research team called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, using observations from a worldwide network of radio telescopes. Although we cannot see the black hole’s event horizon because it cannot emit light, the glowing gas orbiting around the black hole reveals a telltale signature: a dark central region (called a “shadow”) surrounded by a bright ring-like structure. The view captures light bent by the powerful gravity of the black hole, which is four million times more massive than our Sun.


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My nephew is a science writer so I'll add his contribution here that puts black holes like the one just imaged in our Milky Way in a different light...
https://mashable.com/article/black-holes-misconceptions-space-milky-way-image