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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.


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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