It's a groundbreaking moment.


The image is by EHT.

The first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, called Sagittarius A*, has been shown off by scientists from the event horizon telescope. The results confirm the existence of the black hole and provide support for Einstein's theory of general relativity. Sagittarius A* is only 25,800 light-years away and 4.3 million times the mass of the Sun. It's an approximation of snapping a picture of a tennis ball on the Moon. The blurry image shows the glowing gas surrounding the black hole, with the light itself being bent by its mighty gravity.

The scope of the event is May 12, 2022.

The size of the ring agreed with predictions from Einstein's theory of general relativity, according to the EHT project scientist.

These unprecedented observations have improved our understanding of what happens at the very center of our galaxy and offer new insights on how giant black holes interact with their surroundings.

The results of the team were published in the journal.

The first image ever taken of a black hole, a snapshot of the event horizon of the supermassive black hole M87, which is much larger at 6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun, was shared by the EHT team in 2019.

The scientists were surprised by the similarities between the black holes.

We have two completely different types of galaxies and two very different black hole masses, but close to the edge of these black holes they look amazingly similar, said Sera Markoff, co-chair of the EHT Science Council and a professor.

This tells us that general relativity governs these objects up close, and any differences we see further away must be due to the material surrounding the black holes.

Scientists can gain important insights into the laws of physics with the help of the two images.

We have images for two black holes, one at the large end and one at the small end, so we can go further in testing how gravity behaves in extreme environments.

The team is excited to get clearer images and movies about black holes in the future.

The latest image from the EHT project is shown in the featured image.

The first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy has been revealed.

The scientists of the black hole telescope are trying to figure something out.