Scientists reveal the first image of a huge black hole in the Milky Way

12 May 2022

picture released, EHT COLLABORATION

Today, astronomers revealed a picture taken for the first time of a giant black hole centered in the center of our galaxy known as the Milky Way.

The black hole, called Sagittarius-A-star, is four million times the size of the Sun.

What we see in the image is a central black region in which the hole sits, surrounded by light from very hot gas, which is accelerated by the massive gravitational forces.

To approximate the picture in terms of size, the ring of light surrounding the hole is about the size of Mercury’s orbit around the sun.



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