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Astronomers Discover Ring Around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

6 Jun 2019, 03:10 UTC
Astronomers Discover Ring Around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole NRAO/AUI/NSF; S. Dagnello

Through decades of study, astronomers have developed a clearer picture of the chaotic and crowded neighborhood surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Our galactic center is approximately 26,000 light-years from Earth and the supermassive black hole there, known as Sagittarius A* (A “star”), is 4 million times the mass of our Sun.

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