Artist's impression of the orbits of stars close to the Galactic Centre

This artist's impression shows the orbits of three of the stars very close to the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. Analysis of data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope and other telescopes suggests that the orbits of these stars may show the subtle effects predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. There are hints that the orbit of the star called S2 is deviating slightly from the path calculated using classical physics.

The position of the supermassive black hole is marked with a white circle with a blue halo.

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ESO/M. Parsa/L. Calçada

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Auðkenni:ann17051a
Tegund:Uppdráttur
Útgáfudagur:Ágú 9, 2017, 12:00 CEST
Tengdar tilkynningar:ann17051
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Nafn:Milky Way Galactic Centre
Tegund:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Center/Core
Flokkur:Illustrations

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