Simulation of material orbiting close to a black hole. Image: ESO/Gravity Consortium/L. Calçada
ESO: Material orbiting close to a black hole observed - space science short news

With the aid of ESO’s GRAVITY instrument on the Very Large Telescope, scientists have observed flares of infrared radiation coming from the accretion disk (belt of gas) around Sagittarius A*, the massive object in the center of the Milky Way. The flares provide further evidence that the massive object is indeed a supermassive black hole. They originate from material orbiting in close proximity of the black hole, and thus provide the most detailed observations yet of objects in its vicinity.

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Scientific publication: Astronomy & Astrophysics