ESOcast 181 Light: Most Detailed Observations of Material Orbiting close to a Black Hole (4K UHD)

ESO’s exquisitely sensitive GRAVITY instrument has added further evidence to the long-standing assumption that a supermassive black hole lurks in the centre of the Milky Way. New observations show clumps of gas swirling around at about 30% of the speed of light on a circular orbit just outside a four million solar mass black hole — the first time material has been observed orbiting close to the point of no return, and the most detailed observations yet of material orbiting this close to a black hole.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.

Credit:

ESO
Directed by: Nico Bartmann.
Editing:
Nico Bartmann.
Web and technical support:
Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by:
Sara Rigby and Calum Turner.
Music:
written and performed by STAN DART (www.stan-dart.com).
Footage and photos:
ESO/Gravity Consortium/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)
Executive producer:
Lars Lindberg Christensen.

About the Video

Id:eso1835a
Release date:31 October 2018, 10:00
Related releases:eso1835
Duration:01 m 11 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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