Orbits of stars around black hole at the heart of the Milky Way

This simulation shows the orbits of stars very close to the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way. One of these stars, named S2, orbits every 16 years and is passing very close to the black hole in May 2018. This is a perfect laboratory to test gravitational physics and specifically Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada/spaceengine.org

About the Image

Id:eso1825d
Type:Simulation
Release date:26 July 2018, 14:00
Related releases:eso1825
Size:4096 x 2500 px

About the Object

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

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