A large milestone in space history has been reached as astronomers managed to take a photo of the most mysterious and strange object in the hearth of our galaxy — a supermassive black hole.
The blurry image presented today shows a dark core encircled by a flame-orange halo of white-hot gas and plasma — something, that many people have been already seen in movies, paintings and on the web, however, this photo is the first real such one, captured with the Event Horizon Telescope and additional observatories.
The scientists from around Earth were working hard to develop a method to photo black hole Sagittarius A* which is constantly moving at the distance of ‘only’ 26,000 lightyears from our planet.
“Instead of constructing a giant telescope that would collapse under its own weight, we combined many observatories,” Michael Bremer, an astronomer at the Institute for Millimetric Radio Astronomy (IRAM) in Grenoble, said.
The result of the agencies’ collaboration was demonstrated today during a press briefing in the European Southern Observatory (ESO).