Why our image of the Milky Way’s black hole could soon become a lot clearer

There’s a monster circling the center of our galaxy, and his portrait has finally been revealed.

Overnight, the international crew of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) revealed an image of superheated gas circulating and falling into Sagittarius A* or Sgr A*, the supermassive black hole at the core of the Milky Way.

It is the culmination of five years of simulations and data analysis.

And while it may look a bit like a glazed doughnut, there’s more to the new look than meets the eye.

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Scientists reveal image of huge black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

On the one hand, it tells us that the black hole has 4 million times the mass of the Sun, a figure that physicists suspected, but which is now confirmed.

The black hole is also spinning, but it is skewed, slightly tilted toward us.

But despite this veritable goldmine of information about our galaxy’s black hole, much remains to be discovered.

What’s so special about Sgr A*?

Well, for one thing, it’s our supermassive black hole.

“It’s my home,” said Jessica Dempsey, an Australian astrophysicist and member of the EHT team.

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