Artist’s impression of Schwarzschild precession

Observations made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed for the first time that a star orbiting the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way moves just as predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Its orbit is shaped like a rosette and not like an ellipse as predicted by Newton's theory of gravity. This effect, known as Schwarzschild precession, had never before been measured for a star around a supermassive black hole. This artist’s impression illustrates the precession of the star’s orbit, with the effect exaggerated for easier visualisation.

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ESO/L. Calçada

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Id:eso2006a
Type:Kunstværk
Udgivelsesdato:16. april 2020 09:00
Relaterede pressemeddelelser:eso2006
Størrelse:5000 x 3000 px

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Navn:Sgr A*
Type:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Kategori:Illustrations
Quasars and Black Holes

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