Astronomers capture the first-ever image of our own galaxy's supermassive black hole

Astronomers capture the first-ever image of our own galaxy's supermassive black hole

As one might imagine of a massive, collapsed star within which the laws of physics seemingly break down, black holes occupy a special place in human culture — spurring all kinds of creative science fiction, creative real physics theories, and creative metaphors. Yet even as we gape in awe at the astronomical bodies first known to theorists as "dark stars," we still have not been able to image the incredibly massive black hole at the center of our own galaxy, and around which the rest of the galaxy's stars spin. Until now, that is. Scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration (EHT) announced on Tuesday that they had coordinated eight synchronized telescopes around the world to capture an image of Sagittarius A*. Four million times more massive than our own …
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