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First images of the black hole thought to be at the center of our galaxy released

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Astronomers at the National Science Foundation have revealed the first detailed image of Sagittarius A, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, captured by the Event Horizon Telescope. — MSNBC

The thing is packed with the heft of four million suns. It is in the heart of our galaxy, cloaked behind gas, dust, and stars. It has never been seen before. That is, until today. – National Geographic

About 27,000 light-years away sits a massive astrophysical object, some four million times the mass of our sun, surrounded by swirling super-hot gasses…

The image gives greater insight into the mysteries of black holes and further confirms Einstein’s long-standing theory of relativity. Despite its name, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy is quite small in the night sky. From Earth, “it’s like looking for a tennis ball on the moon,” says University of Central Florida cosmologist James Cooney, who is not affiliated with the recent announcement. – Smithsonian

2 Replies to “First images of the black hole thought to be at the center of our galaxy released

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    Seversky says:

    It’s an amazing image and an amazing achievement. I wonder how long we’ll have to wait before we get a hi-res visible light image of that region.

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    kairosfocus says:

    News, I was planning to post on this today but I have been scooped. Kindly note this is a radio image based on long baseline scanning that make a diameter of earth equivalent telescope; rendered in false colours as how it could appear to the naked eye, it isn’t a simple photograph. In the old days it would have been a much less impressive line drawing/map. Think of it as a passive scan radar image. KF

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