It’s out. Astronomers have released the first vague and obscure captured image of a supermassive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. The black hole – called Sagittarius A *, or Sgr A * – is the second to be depicted.
Sharing the image on Twitter, the National Science Foundation of the United States states, “Our own black hole! Astronomers have published the first image of a supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy using the event horizon ‘Scope – a planet-‘. Decades of NSF support Scale array. “
University of Arizona Ferral Ozil called the black hole a “gentle monster at the center of our galaxy” while announcing the new image.
The Milky Way Black Hole is called Sagittarius A (Starsick) near the border of Sagittarius and Scorpio. It is 4 million times larger than our Sun.
This is not the first picture of a black hole. The same group released the first one in 2019 and it was 53 million light-years away from a galaxy. The Milky Way black hole is very close, about 27,000 light years away. A light year is 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion kilometers).
(With input from the Associated Press)