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Sagittarius A* image shows black hole is ’tilted at an angle’

Scientists have captured the first image of the monster black hole lurking at the heart of our galaxy.

The black hole, known as Sagittarius A*, lays 27,000 light-years from the Sun.

ANU astrophysicist and cosmologist Dr Brad Tucker says scientists “have had hints for a couple decades” there was a supermassive black hole was here but there had been no direct image.

“One of the key aspects that we’ve always wanted to know, not just about our black hole but all black holes, is this key aspect called the event horizon,” he told Sky News Australia.

“That is the point, that is kind of that central black hole point where, when you get there, not even light can escape.”

Dr Tucker also said an area of interest surrounding Sagittarius A* was it was “tilted at an angle”. 

“This is not unsurprising but it is important to see because what it’s telling us is the black hole is kind of laying at a slight incline, a slight angle with respect to the rest of the galaxy,” he said.

Scientists have captured the first image of the monster black hole lurking at the heart of our galaxy.

The black hole, known as Sagittarius A*, lays 27,000 light-years from the Sun.

ANU astrophysicist and cosmologist Dr Brad Tucker says scientists “have had hints for a couple decades” there was a supermassive black hole was here but there had been no direct image.

“One of the key aspects that we’ve always wanted to know, not just about our black hole but all black holes, is this key aspect called the event horizon,” he told Sky News Australia.

“That is the point, that is kind of that central black hole point where, when you get there, not even light can escape.”

Dr Tucker also said an area of interest surrounding Sagittarius A* was it was “tilted at an angle”.

“This is not unsurprising but it is important to see because what it’s telling us is the black hole is kind of laying at a slight incline, a slight angle with respect to the rest of the galaxy,” he said.
Scientists have captured the first image of the monster black hole lurking at the heart of our galaxy.

The black hole, known as Sagittarius A*, lays 27,000 light-years from the Sun.

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ANU astrophysicist and cosmologist Dr Brad Tucker says scientists “have had hints for a couple decades” there was a supermassive black hole was here but there had been no direct image.

“One of the key aspects that we’ve always wanted to know, not just about our black hole but all black holes, is this key aspect called the event horizon,” he told Sky News Australia.

“That is the point, that is kind of that central black hole point where, when you get there, not even light can escape.”

Dr Tucker also said an area of interest surrounding Sagittarius A* was it was “tilted at an angle”.

“This is not unsurprising but it is important to see because what it’s telling us is the black hole is kind of laying at a slight incline, a slight angle with respect to the rest of the galaxy,” he said.

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