We’ve seen the black hole called Sagittarius A* at the middle of the Milky Way. Now what?

There’s a monster swirling around the center of our galaxy, and its portrait has finally been revealed.

Overnight, the international crew of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) revealed an image of superheated gas flowing and falling into Sagittarius A* or Sgr A*, the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way.

It is the culmination of five years of simulations and data processing.

And while it may look a bit like a glazed donut, the new image has more to offer than meets the eye.

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

On the one hand, it tells us that the black hole is 4 million times the mass of the Sun – a figure that physicists suspected, but has now been confirmed.

The black hole is also rotating, but it is oblique – slightly tilted in front of us.

But despite this veritable wealth of information about our galaxy’s black hole, there is still much to discover.

What’s so special about Sgr A*?

Well, on the one hand it is our a supermassive black hole.

“This is my home,” said Jessica Dempsey, an Australian astrophysicist and member of the EHT team.

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