TechnologyThursday 05.12.22

Astronomers reveal the first ever image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

The National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency that funds research across science and technology, held a press conference on Thursday revealing a groundbreaking image of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*. Scientists were able to capture the image through the Event Horizon Telescope, an international network of astronomers employing telescopes across the globe that work in tandem to create a virtual Earth-sized telescope.

Black holes are dense places in space with gravity so extreme that not even light can escape the strong tug. The event horizon of a black hole, for which the telescope was named, is a boundary from which there is no return. 

Located at the center of the Milky Way, Sagittarius A*, which is four million times more massive than the Sun and roughly 27,000 light-years away from Earth, is only the second black hole ever to be imaged.

Until this direct picture, scientists were unable to confirm that Sagittarius A* was, in fact, a black hole. However, the tell-tale sign of the bright ring surrounded by darkness confirmed it.

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