GRAVITY tracks star passing supermassive black hole

The GRAVITY instrument in the VLT Interferometer has tracked the motion of the star S2 as it made a very close approach to the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. This image shows the star and black hole shortly before their closest approach in May 2018.

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ESO/GALAXY Collaboration

About the Image

Id:eso1825f
Release date:26 July 2018, 14:00
Related releases:eso1825
Size:3840 x 2160 px

About the Object

Type:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Category:Quasars and Black Holes
Stars

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