INCREDIBLE IMAGES AS ASTRONOMERS SEE MATERIAL SWIRLING AROUND THE MILKY WAY’S SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!

Images show material just above The Point Of No Return.

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The most detailed picture ever taken of Sgr A* in the Milky Way’s core, the supermassive black hole. The light ring is caused by hot matter swirling around it. Although the black hole cannot be seen, since it absorbs light itself, we observe a dark region in the center of the ring. Photo: EHT Collaboration

Astronomers have, for the very first time, taken extreme close-up observations of the supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

The supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, Sagittarius A* (also known as Sgr A-star), has a mass of 4 million times that of the Sun and is 25 million kilometers across. It’s about 26,000 light years away, so it appears to be 5 billionths of a degree in diameter: If Earth were on the Moon, a US quarter would appear from Earth.