Orbits of stars around black hole at the heart of the Milky Way

This simulation shows the orbits of stars very close to the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way. One of these stars, named S2, orbits every 16 years and is passing very close to the black hole in May 2018. This is a perfect laboratory to test gravitational physics and specifically Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Research into S2's orbit was presented in a paper entitled “Detection of the Gravitational Redshift in the Orbit of the Star S2 near the Galactic Centre Massive Black Hole“, by the GRAVITY Collaboration, which appeared in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics on 26 July 2018.

Oikeudet:

ESO/L. Calçada/spaceengine.org

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Tunnistus:eso1825d
Tyyppi:Simulaatio
Julkaisupäivä:26. heinäkuuta 2018 14:00
Vastaavat julkaisut:eso1825
Vastaavat tiedotteet:ann19005
Koko:4096 x 2500 px

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Tyyppi:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Kategoria:Quasars and Black Holes

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