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Check out the first image of the massive black hole in the Milky Way

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world caught a glimpse of the first wild but fuzzy image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way on Thursday.

Astronomers believe almost all galaxies, including our own, have these giant black holes at their centers where light and matter can’t escape, making them extremely difficult to get pictures of. Light is chaotically bent and twisted by gravity as it is sucked into the abyss along with superheated gas and dust.

The colorized image unveiled on Thursday comes from the international consortium behind the Event Horizon Telescope, a collection of eight synchronized radio telescopes around the world. Previous experiments had found that the black hole at the center of our galaxy was too jumpy to get a good picture.

Feryal Ozel of the University of Arizona called the black hole “the gentle giant at the center of our galaxy” when announcing the new image.

The black hole in the Milky Way is called Sagittarius A (asterisk) and is located near the border between the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpio. It is 4 million times more massive than our sun.

This is not the first image of a black hole. The same group released the first in 2019, and it came from a galaxy 53 million light-years away. The Milky Way’s black hole is much closer, about 27,000 light-years away. A light year is 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion kilometers).

The project cost nearly $60 million, with $28 million coming from the US National Science Foundation.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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