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2022-05-12T15:13:23.342Z

Sagittarius A is a black hole lurking in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, and is only the second to be captured to date through a camera lens. Its mass is 4 million times that of the Sun, and it is located 26,000 light-years from Earth



Scientists have uncovered an image of a black hole in the center of the Milky Way

Sagittarius A is a black hole lurking in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, and is only the second to be captured to date through a camera lens.

Its mass is 4 million times that of the Sun, and it is located 26,000 light-years from Earth

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Thursday, 12 May 2022, 17:38 Updated: 17:59

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The black hole in the heart of the Milky Way (Photo: Reuters)

An international team of astronomers today (Thursday) unveiled the first image of the "delicate giant", a black hole lurking in the center of the Milky Way galaxy.



The black hole, called Sagittarius A, or Sgr A - is just the second hole ever caught in the picture.

The achievement was achieved by the same "Event Horizon Telescope" (EHT) - which in 2019 revealed the first ever image of a black hole, but in the heart of a different galaxy.

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The supermassive #BlackHole at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, Sagittarius A *, has been imaged by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT).

Chandra and many other telescopes observed Sagittarius A * simultaneously.

Explore Sagittarius A * like never before: https://t.co/eqFebAnk10 ⚫ pic.twitter.com/wBEqwCVieC

- Chandra Observatory (@chandraxray) May 12, 2022

Astronomer Priel Azal of the University of Arizona at a news conference in Washington called the achievement "the first direct image of the delicate giant at the center of our galaxy," showing a glowing ring of red, yellow and white surrounding a darker center.

The mass of the black hole is 4 million times that of the sun, and is located 26,000 light-years from Earth.



Black holes are extremely dense objects with such a strong gravitational pull that even light cannot escape them - making viewing them particularly challenging.

The entrance to a black hole is the point of no return beyond which everything is sucked to doom - stars, planets, gas, dust and all forms of electromagnetic radiation.

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