What is not true about the center of our galaxy? Years of research and astronomical calculations point to a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
According to researchers, there may be a black hole at the center of our galaxy 4 million times more massive than the Sun.
On May 12, the Event Horizon Telescope is set to unveil what the project calls groundbreaking results in its study of the Milky Way.
However, what kind of information will be published about the blackhole? Nothing can be said about this yet.
But there is a strong possibility – astronomers have, for the first time, been able to photograph the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
In the year 2019, a supermassive black hole at the center of the Messier 87 (M-87) galaxy was photographed with the help of the Event Horizon Telescope. This can be said to be the first picture of a black hole.
The Event Horizon Telescope was successful in capturing this picture with the help of eight radio telescopes located at different places around the world.
For the first time, man had set eyes on the most fascinating and confusing thing in the universe.
Later, the magnetic fields associated with Messier-87 were uncovered, allowing astronomers to gain a deeper understanding of the environment around the black hole.
However, the Event Horizon Telescope was not only studying M-87's supermassive blackhole.
But the telescope group that built it was also eyeing the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, also known as Sagittarius A.
According to astronomers, Sagittarius A is about 4.3 million times more massive than the Sun. It is located at a distance of about 25,000 light years from Earth.
But the black hole at the center of the Messier-87 (M-87) galaxy is 6 billion more massive than Sun and is about 53.5 million light years away from us.
Are we going to see the black hole at the center of the Milky Way for the first time on Thursday and this could be the second clear image of a blackhole?
It is too early to answer these questions but astrophysicists are quite curious about it.
These results will be presented during a press conference on May 12 at 6 a.m. PT (9 a.m. ET). Stay tuned when it will be livestreamed on the US National Science Foundation website.