Supermassive black hole at center of Milky Way photographed for the first time

Sagittarius A* black hole
Main image created from thousands of images generated from EHT data (Image credit: Event Horizon Telescope)

A photo of a black hole at the center of the Milky Way has been unveiled by astronomers working on the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration. Although this isn’t the first time astronomers have photographed a black hole, it is the first time they’ve managed to capture one in our own galaxy.

Black holes are a region of spacetime where gravity is so strong that no particles or light can escape them. They are thought to be found at the center of most galaxies and are created when massive stars explode in an astronomical event known as a supernova. The first black hole was photographed in 2019 and is known as M87* in a galaxy that's 53.49 million light years from earth. 

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Hannah Rooke
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Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.