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Behold the Milky Way's supermassive black hole in first-ever photo

Behold the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole in first-ever photo

Astronomers have at long last seen the center of the Milky Way galaxy, unmasking a giant black hole, a celestial vortex 26,000 light-years from Earth that should otherwise be hidden from sight. An international team of researchers released on Thursday a snapshot of the supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A*, spied through the power …

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1st image of supermassive black hole at the center of Milky Way galaxy revealed

1st image of supermassive black hole at the center of Milky Way galaxy revealed

It’s the first direct observation confirming the presence of the black hole, known as Sagittarius A*, as the beating heart of the Milky Way. Black holes don’t emit light, but the image shows the shadow of the black hole surrounded by a bright ring, which is light bent by the gravity of the black hole. …

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Simulation of Supermassive Black Hole Merger

Sizing Up the “Shadows” of Two Supermassive Black Holes in the Process of Colliding

In this simulation of a supermassive black hole merger, the blue-shifted black hole closest to the viewer amplifies the red-shifted black hole in the back through gravitational lensing. The researchers discovered a distinct dip in brightness when the closest black hole passed in front of the shadow of its counterpart, an observation that could be …

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In a pair of merging supermassive black holes, a new method for measuring the void

In a pair of merging supermassive black holes, a new method for measuring the void

In this simulation of a supermassive black hole merger, the blue-shifted black hole closest to the viewer amplifies the red-shifted black hole in the back through gravitational lensing. The researchers discovered a distinct dip in brightness when the closest black hole passed in front of the shadow of its counterpart, an observation that could be …

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