“Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy”, UChicago News by Louise Lerner

May 12, 2022

Image credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration

This is the first image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. It was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope, an array which linked together eight existing radio observatories across the planet to form a single “Earth-sized” virtual telescope. Although we cannot see the event horizon itself, we can see light bent by the powerful gravity of the black hole.

The image was produced by a global research team called the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, using observations from a worldwide network of radio telescopes including the University of Chicago-affiliated South Pole Telescope.

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