Scientist Oliver Pfuhl added, "It's mind-boggling to actually witness material orbiting a massive black hole at 30 percent of the speed of light".
Scientists just further confirmed what has always been believed: that there's a supermassive black hole scientists named * a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagittarius_A*" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="follow external noopener noreferrer" *Sagittarius A* at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. In the publication Astronomy & Astrophysics, it was noted that in the midst of all galaxies have supermassive holes, absorbing space and matter.
Previously, researchers have shown a black hole in the center of the milky Way, zoom which managed with the help of a supersensitive receiver ESO GRAVITY.
It's "the first time material has been observed orbiting close to the point of no return, and the most detailed observations yet of material orbiting this close to a black hole", ESO writes. "GRAVITY's tremendous sensitivity has allowed us to observe the accretion processes in real time in unprecedented detail".
Scientists claim these black holes wouldn't necessarily kill you but "destroy your past life and ensnare you in a parallel universe with an indefinite number of possible futures".
Paradoxically, all this activity makes the black hole one of the brightest things in the Milky Way - and further obscures the darkness inside. However, anything that gets too close risks being drawn past the event horizon, where it can never escape from the black hole's gravitational pul.
Already earlier this year, the 10 to 20 times greater angular resolution and astrometric measurement precision of GRAVITY, together with precision spectroscopy with the SINFONI integral field instrument on the VLT, have allowed the same team to accurately measure the close fly-by of the star S2 near the massive black hole candidate Sagittarius A*. The observed flares originated from material orbiting very close to the event horizon of Sagittarius A* itself.
Their findings were published October 18 in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.