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Astronomers Capture First Image Of A Super Massive Black Hole

JJ Clarke
JJ Clarke

04:05 12 May 2022

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Astronomers have for the first time captured an image of a super massive black hole at the centre of our galaxy - the Milky Way.

The picture shows a fuzzy image of a black hole surrounded by light, and it is four million times bigger than our sun.

It's not the first image of its kind - but it is the closest, though it's still around 27-thousand light years away.

An image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way has been captured, giving the first direct glimpse of the turbulent heart of our galaxy.

The black hole known as Sagittarius A*, cannot be observed by the human eye because no light or matter can escape its gravitational grip. Meaning, that even the light from the site can't reach our eyes to be seen.

But its shadow is traced out by a glowing, fuzzy ring of light and matter that is swirling on the precipice at close to the speed of light before its eventual plunge into oblivion.

This means that what was captured isn't actually the image of the blackhole but the image of the shadow of it.
The phenomenon was recorded by the Event Horizon telescope, which is a group of eight radio telescopes dotted around the world from Antartica to Spain and Chile.

An astrophysicist at the University of Amsterdam stated that ''“The Milky Way’s black hole was our main target, it’s our closest supermassive black hole and it’s the reason we set out to do this thing in the first place. It’s been a 100-year search for these things and so, scientifically, it’s a huge deal.''

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