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The Monster in the Middle of the Milky Way Is…Spinning Slowly?

20 Oct 2020, 13:05 UTC
The Monster in the Middle of the Milky Way Is…Spinning Slowly? ESO/L. Calçada/spaceengine.org

The monstrous black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy—now of Nobel Prize fame—is proving yet again to be stranger than fiction. New research from scientists at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA), and the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) at Northwestern University has revealed that the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy is not spinning much, providing more evidence that it is unlikely to have a jet. The paper is published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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