Scientists Confirm Black Hole at Milky Way’s Core

(From AstronomyNow.com)

The European Southern Observatory’s sensitive GRAVITY instrument, combining light from the four units making up ESO’s Very Large Telescope, has measured bursts of infrared radiation from the heart of the Milky Way that researchers say confirm the long-held belief that a 4-million-solar-mass black hole lurks at the center of Earth’s galaxy.

The infrared flares, emitted from super-heated material moving at 30 percent the speed of light in a circular orbit just outside the black hole “provide long-awaited confirmation that the object in the centre of our galaxy is, as has long been assumed, a supermassive black hole,” ESO said in a statement describing the observations.

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