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Why did the Milky Way’s black hole come to light?   


Richard Blake 
@Richard.Blake · Posted 13 May. 2022


Jack Penn 
@Jack.Penn · Updated 13 May. 2022

The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. It is a large, spiral galaxy that consists of gas, dust, and billions of stars. One of these stars is the supermassive black hole at the center. Astronomers have long wondered what this black hole looked like and how it behaved. The problem was that it was too far away for us to see anything other than its gravitational effects on the surrounding space. The Milky Way is our home galaxy, and it is a beautiful spiral of stars and planets.


Frank Lucas
@Frank.Lucas · Posted 13 May. 2022

In 2017, a team of astronomers discovered that they could use radio waves to observe this black hole by using a new technique called Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI). This technique combines data from eight telescopes around the world to produce detailed images with high resolutions. It can also be used to measure distances and the Milky Way's black hole has been hiding in plain sight for years. It also has a black hole at its center. But this black hole has been hiding in plain sight for years.


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