Astronomers capture first image of supermassive black hole at center of Milky Way

Astronomers capture first image of supermassive black hole at center of Milky Way

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

Astronomers believe nearly all galaxies, including our own, have these giant black holes at their center, where light and matter cannot escape, making it extremely hard to get images of them. Light gets chaotically bent and twisted around by gravity as it gets sucked into the abyss along with superheated gas and dust.

Dr. Yu with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science joined Chris to talk about the magnitude of the image.

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