Astronomers have shared the first image of the black hole in the MilkyWay's centre

Astronomers have shared the first image of the black hole in the MilkyWay's centre ...

The enormous gravitational pull of the black hole bends the light around the edges, resulting in a donut-like shape.

"We were amazed by how large the ring was compatible with Einstein''s general relativity predictions," said EHT Project Scientist Geoffrey Bower of the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taipei. "These unprecedented observations have greatly improved our understanding of what happens at the very center of our galaxy, and offer new insights on how these giant black holes interact with their surroundings."

This isn''t the first time a black hole has been photographed. That honor comes from an image published by astronomers in 2019 that depicts a black hole at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy roughly 55 million light years away. However, today''s release represents our first look at Sagittarius A*.

Despite the fact that Sagittarius A* is more than a tens of thousands times smaller than M87*, the two black holes appear to be visually similar.

Researchers are excited to have pictures of two black holes of varying sizes. Together, they will be able to further investigate how gravity works in these unique environments.

For those interested in discovering deeper, the team''s findings have been published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Collaboration with the Horizon Telescope, an image credit project

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