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The First Image of the Supermassive Black Hole in Our Galaxy

This photo might not look like much, but it’s history in the making

Photo of Sagittarius A*from the Event Horizon Telescope Site.

It was only a matter of time until we snapped an image of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* at the center of our galaxy. This Black Hole is over four million times the mass of our sun and has been an enigma to astronomers and scientists for years.

Now, with the Event Horizon Telescope, we have finally been able to take a picture of this behemoth.

This achievement is a culmination of years of hard work and dedication from many different people. It marks a new era in our understanding of the universe and what lies beyond our own galaxy.

Why does this photo look so blurry?

It looks like a blurry donut because that’s essentially what it is.

The Event Horizon Telescope doesn’t take photos in the traditional sense. It takes snapshots of radio waves and light that have been stretched and bent by the black hole’s gravitational pull. (Easily explained)

Photo of Sagittarius A*from the Event Horizon Telescope Site.

These waves are then pieced together to create an image, with the help of different computational methods, like algorithms that try to figure out what it essentially could look like. This is why the photo looks more like a Rorschach test than anything else.

You cant really make an image of something that doesn’t emit light but only captures it, but we can try our best to understand what it would look like. Its like you make a photo of a black hole by taking a photo of what’s around it because you can’t take the photo when all the light you try to capture with your camera is pulled into the black hole.

Try to imagine it! Pretty difficult to imagine infinity, right?😉

You cant capture something that captures the light in it. (Picture from Canva Premium Gallery)

What does this mean for humanity?

For one, it shows that we are on the cusp of discovering new and incredible things about our universe. It also means that we are not alone in this vast and empty expanse. There are other galaxies out there with their own supermassive black holes.

Another Galaxy with a Black Hole in the middle (Picture from Canva Premium Gallery)

What does the future hold?

Only “time” will tell, but one thing is for sure, the universe is full of surprises. We have only just begun to scratch the surface of what is out there. With new technology and advances in science like the James Webb Telescope, we will continue to explore and discover new things about our universe.

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