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.

 

Credit:

ESO/MPE/S. Gillessen et al.

About the Image

Id:ann17051c
Type:Artwork
Release date:9 August 2017, 12:00
Related announcements:ann17051
Size:1384 x 1126 px

About the Object

Name:Milky Way Galactic Centre
Type:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Category:Stars

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