Artist’s impression of S2 passing supermassive black hole at centre of Milky Way

This artist’s impression shows the path of the star S2 as it passes very close to the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. As it gets close to the black hole the very strong gravitational field causes the colour of the star to shift slightly to the red, an effect of Einstein’s general thery of relativity.

In this graphic the colour effect and size of the objects have been exaggerated for clarity.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:eso1825a
Type:Artwork
Release date:26 July 2018, 14:00
Related releases:eso1825
Size:4356 x 2774 px

About the Object

Name:Milky Way Galactic Centre
Type:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Category:Illustrations
Quasars and Black Holes

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