The First Photo of the Milky Way’s Monster Black Hole Sagittarius A*

The Event Horizon Telescope has captured a historic first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

The image, which was taken in the light of submillimeter radio waves, confirms that there is a black hole in the heart of the Milky Way that is feeding on a trickle of hydrogen gas.

“Until now, we didn’t have the direct picture to prove that this gentle giant in the center of our galaxy is a black hole,” Feryal Özel, an astrophysicist at the University of Arizona, said during a National Science Foundation news conference held Thursday (May 12). “It shows a bright ring surrounding the darkness, and the telltale sign of the shadow of the black hole.”

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