See the Black Hole at the Heart of Our Galaxy

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Black hole image - Captured by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, courtesy of the Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian.
The first image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Captured by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, courtesy of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian.

Dear Friend,

Yesterday, astronomers revealed the first-ever image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The image provides overwhelming evidence that the object at the heart of our galaxy is indeed a black hole, and yields valuable clues about the workings of such giants and the formation of other galaxies throughout the universe.

The image was produced by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a global research team including scientists from the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA), using observations from a worldwide network of radio telescopes.

Learn more about this monumental effort, the science behind black holes, and what’s next for the Event Horizon Telescope:

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