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.
ESO/MPE/S. Gillessen et al.
About the Image
|Release date:||9 August 2017, 12:00|
|Size:||1384 x 1126 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Milky Way Galactic Centre|
|Type:||Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole|