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First Image of Black Hole at Milky Way Galaxy Centre

Published on May 12, 2022
Current Context: Scientist unveils first glimpses of the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy Sagittarius A.
First Image of Black Hole at Milky Way Galaxy Centre
  • This image was snapped by the same Event Horizon Telescope that unveiled the first-ever photo of a black hole residing at the heart of another galaxy.
  • The Event Horizon Telescope is a group of 8 radio telescopes located in different parts of world.
  • Sagittarius A possesses 4 million times the mass of our sun and is located about 26,000 light-years and 5.9 trillion miles from earth.
  • A black hole refers to a point in space where the matter is so compressed as to create a gravity field no matter or light can escape its pull.
  • Supermassive black holes are believed to form at the same time as the galaxy surrounding them.
  • This concept was developed by Albert Einstein in 1915 and the term black hole was first used in the mid-1960 by John Archibald Wheeler.
  • In the 1990s, astronomers mapped the orbits of the brightest stars near the center of the Milky Way, confirming the presence of a supermassive compact object there
  • The project scientists observed that as per visuals it does not appear to be a black hole but glowing gas that encircles the phenomenon.
  • They are also going to observe new insights into how these giants' black holes interact with their surroundings.

Question:

Q.1 The First image of the black hole in our Milky Way galaxy was captured through which telescope?
a. Hubble Telescope
b. James Webb Telescope
c. Event Horizon Telescope
d. Gamma-ray Space Telescope
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