A new view of our black hole | ESO News

A new image from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration has uncovered strong and organised magnetic fields spiralling from the edge of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). Seen in polarised light for the first time, this new view of the monster lurking at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has revealed a magnetic field structure strikingly similar to that of the black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy, suggesting that strong magnetic fields may be common to all black holes. This similarity also hints towards a hidden jet in Sgr A*. For more details, check the corresponding release.

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Directed by: Angelos Tsaousis and Martin Wallner.
Editing: Angelos Tsaousis.
Web and technical support: Gurvan Bazin and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Elena Reiriz Martínez, Davor Curic, Louisa Spillman.
Music: Stellardrone — Limbo.
Footage and photos: ESO / Luis Calçada, Angelos Tsaousis, Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org), DSSC, VISTA, VVV Survey/D. Minniti, Nogueras-Lara et al, Cristoph Malin (christophmalin.com), Cafker Productions, EHT Collaboration and Crazybridge Studios, Bob Demers (University of Arizona), IRAM/Cinedia, INAOE Archive.
Scientific consultant: Paola Amico, Mariya Lyubenova.


About the Video

Release date:27 March 2024, 14:00
Related releases:eso2406
Duration:01 m 22 s
Frame rate:25 fps

About the Object

Name:Sagittarius A*
Type:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Category:Quasars and Black Holes

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