Scientists Take First Picture of Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy

Scientists Take First Picture of Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy

Scientists FIND SOMETHING Unexpected In Space – Photos Released

( – At the center of Earth’s home galaxy, the Milky Way, lies a black hole called Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). Although the term implies emptiness, black holes are anything but void spaces. Instead, they’re a region of matter in outer space so dense that nothing, not even light waves, can escape its gravitational pull. On Thursday, March 12, NASA announced it captured images indicating the presence of Sgr A*.

Scientists can’t directly capture images of actual black holes with instruments used to detect light rays, x-rays, or other types of electromagnetic radiation. However, they can detect matter being pulled into black holes by their immense gravitational fields.

In this instance, the National Science Foundation’s Event Horizon Telescope and a worldwide array of radio telescopes captured an image of a glowing orange ring formed by a gaseous substance with a dark center — a shadow of the black hole.

A special edition of The Astrophysical Journal Letters explained that the image appeared blurred due to the presence of “turbulent plasma [located] along the line of sight to the [Milky Way’s] center.” So the team used various methods to offset that effect and clean up the image.

Scientists hope emerging technologies and theoretical modeling will increase their ability to study black holes in the future.

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