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

For decades, astronomers have wondered what’s at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. Today, scientists unveiled the first-ever photo of the supermassive black hole that lurks there, offering a completely new view of our home galaxy.

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

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