Xray and infrared image of centre of Milky Way, with inset of black hole from EHT

The first snapshot of the cosmic monster in our galaxy raises more questions than it answers

A monster is spinning at the center of our galaxy and his portrait has finally been revealed.

Overnight, the international Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) crew 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 processing.

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

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Scientists Reveal Image of Massive Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way

First, it tells us that the black hole is 4 million times the mass of the sun – a figure physicists suspectedbut has now been confirmed.

The black hole is also spinning, but it’s skewed — tilted a little towards us.

But despite this veritable goldmine of information about our galaxy’s black hole, there’s still a lot we have yet to discover.

What is so special about Sgr A*?

Well, for one, it is us supermassive black hole.

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

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