Scientists will announce important discovery about the center of the Milky Way

It is about the scientists who managed to capture the first photograph of a black hole . The announcement will be made on May 12.


Scientists at the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), responsible for the first real photograph of a black hole , are preparing to announce a “groundbreaking” discovery about the center of our galaxy on May 12.

The EHT, along with the European Southern Observatory, plan to make announcements about the center of the Milky Way , according to a statement released by the organization.

“The US National Science Foundation with the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration will hold a press conference to announce a groundbreaking discovery in the Milky Way ,” the message read.

What could this discovery be?

As recalled, the EHT is studying the center of the galaxy Messier 87 and its black hole M87, on which the first official photograph of its kind in history is based.

However, he is also studying the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy: Sagittarius A or just Sgr A. This black hole is about 4.3 million times more massive than the sun and only 25,000 light-years from Earth.

Compared to M87, Sgr A is much closer and smaller. (M87 is about 6 billion times more massive and about 50 million light-years from Earth.) However, Sgr A was actually more difficult to investigate than M87 because there is much more cosmic gas and dust that frustrates the activities of radio telescopes when looking at celestial objects located towards the heart of our galaxy. Could EHT have somehow overcome this hurdle to produce another image of another black hole?