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According to ScienceAlert (This article and its images were originally posted on ScienceAlert November 27, 2018 at 05:53AM.)
At the heart of our galaxy, the core around which everything in the Milky Way orbits, lies the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*. Without the gravitationally binding force of Sgr A*, the Milky Way wouldn’t exist – yet, although it’s only 25,640 light-years away, we’ve never seen it.
We’ll never actually see a black hole, since they absorb all light. But over recent decades, astronomers and astrophysicists have been studying the space around Sgr A* intensely – and now a team of scientists has used that wealth of data to create a 3D, virtual-reality simulation of that space.
The result is a video astrophysicist Jordy Davelaar of Radboud University in the Netherlands – the first author of a paper on the new research – calls “one of the most realistic views of the direct surroundings of the black hole” yet produced.
And he is likely right.
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