Scientists reveal the wondrous, supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy

Astronomers have released the first image of the giant lurking at the centre of our galactic neighbourhood — a supermassive black hole about 27 000 light years from Earth.

On Thursday, they unveiled the groundbreaking image as the first direct visual evidence of Sagittarius A*, pronounced “sadge-ay-star”, the black hole at the dark heart of the Milky Way.

The breakthrough is the result of a global effort by more than 300 scientists from 80 institutions, including the University of the Witwatersrand, through the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration (EHTC). 

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Sheree Bega
Sheree Bega is an environment reporter at the Mail & Guardian.

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