The 1st photo of the Milky Way’s monstrous black hole has scientists on the moon. Here’s why.

For decades, astronomers have wondered what lies at the heart of the Milky Way. Today, scientists have revealed the first photo of the supermassive black hole that lurks there, offering a completely new view of our galaxy.

The historic image of what scientists call Sagittarius A*, captured by an array of telescopes around the world called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) and released on Thursday (May 12), confirms a black hole at the heart of the Via Milky way feeding on hydrogen gas. The EHT is most famous for capturing the first image of M87’s supermassive black hole in 2019, but for the project’s scientists, today’s image is an even more remarkable milestone.

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