For years, the supermassive black hole in the dark center of the Milky Way galaxy has been theorized and studied – and finally, it’s been captured in a picture.
“We finally have the first look at our Milky Way black hole, Sagittarius A*,” an international team of astrophysicists and researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope team announced Thursday.
“This is the dawn of a new era in black hole physics,” he added.
Researchers announced the news Thursday morning at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, but it was simulcast around the world, in a series of press conferences held in Mexico City, Shanghai, Tokyo and other cities.
The discovery comes three years after the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration published the first-ever image of a black hole – but that work has focused on the center of the Messier 87 galaxy, tens of millions of light-years away. of Earth in the Virgo cluster of galaxies. .