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Astronomers Confirm Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

2 Nov 2018, 02:52 UTC
Astronomers Confirm Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole ESO/Gravity Consortium/L. Calçada

As we wait for the Event Horizon Telescope team to assemble the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, astronomers are pushing ever closer to the object’s fringes. A team of scientists with the European Southern Observatory has recently observed flares of infrared light coming from the spinning disk of gas around Sagittarius A*, the official name for the massive object at the heart of the galaxy. The flares provide crucial confirmation of the existence of the Milky Way’s monster black hole, an object with a mass of more than 4 million suns.

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