Image of the Galactic Centre

The central parts of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, as observed in the near-infrared with the NACO instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope. The position of the centre, which harbours the (invisible) black hole known as Sgr A*,with a mass 4 million times that of the Sun, is marked by the orange cross.

The star S2 will make a close pass around the black hole in 2018 when it will be used as a unique probe of the strong gravity and act as a test of Einstein's general theory of relativity.

 

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ESO/MPE/S. Gillessen et al.

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Útgáfudagur:Ágú 9, 2017, 12:00 CEST
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Nafn:Milky Way Galactic Centre
Tegund:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Flokkur:Stars

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