On Thursday, astronomers gave us our first glimpse of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
According to experts, each galaxy has its own black hole that absorbs all the light, making it extremely difficult to capture images.
Light is sucked into the center of the massive hole with extremely hot gas and dust.
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The latest image of the hole was captured by the international consortium using the Event Horizon Telescope.
The telescope is made up of eight telescopes from around the world that capture the image simultaneously.
The project cost nearly $60 million, including at least $28 million funded by the US National Science Foundation.
The black hole has been affectionately described as “the gentle giant at the center of our galaxy” by Feryal Ozel of the University of Arizona.
According to Ozel, most black holes consume an enormous amount of galactic matter, but this particular hole “eats very little.”
The black hole was officially named “Sagittarius A” because of its location in the constellations, located between Sagittarius and Scorpio.
Experts have estimated that Sagittarius A is at least four million times the size of our sun.
It’s not the first image of a black hole after the same group of experts captured an image of a black hole in a galaxy about 53 million light-years away in 2019.
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