Scientists have managed to take the best images ever captured of the supermassive black hole devouring our galaxy. Sagittarius A is a supermassive black hole at the center of Milky Way, and it’s absorbing the matter surrounding it without giving it a chance to escape the powerful gravitational pull.
“The galactic center is full of matter around the black hole, which acts like frosted glass that we have to look through to see the black hole,” said Eduardo Ros from the Max Planck Institute. He added that we should not fear Saggitarius A supermassive black hole since we’re far away from it.
The new snapshots with the supermassive black hole devouring our galaxy have resolutions by two times higher than the previous images, revealing Sagittarius A in great detail. The astronomers collaborated with 13 observatories around the world to capture the pics, and have teased the release of the images since the first days of January.
Supermassive Black Hole Devouring Our Galaxy Revealed in the Best Images Ever Captured
Before snapping Sagittarius A in high resolution, scientists believed that the supermassive black hole would present a massive jet of matter and radiation. However, they did not find Milky Way’s supermassive black hole emitting such a powerful jet. Scientists elaborated two theories. One says that Sagittarius A doesn’t have such a feat or the jet is directly pointed towards the Earth.
Supermassive black holes have powerful gravitational pulls, sucking up everything surrounding them. Usually, these monstrous space objects present massive jets of matter and radiation. Sagittarius A seems to be different since it’s not boasting such a feature or its jet is directed towards us.
“If anything is there, it will be a length that is 1,000 times less than the distance to us. There is no danger at all – we should not fear the supermassive black hole,” Eduardo Ros mentioned.
Jasmine holds a Master’s in Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and writes professionally in a broad variety of genres. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition. Jasmine writes primarily in our LGBTTQQIAAP and Science section.