Wednesday, March 27, 2024

A New Polarized View of Our Galaxy's Black Hole Explained | ESO

A New Polarized View of Our Galaxy's Black Hole Explained | ESO

A new image from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration has uncovered strong and organized magnetic fields spiraling from the edge of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). Seen in polarized 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 center of the M87 galaxy, suggesting that strong magnetic fields may be common to all black holes. This similarity also hints toward a hidden jet in Sgr A*. 

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Credit: European Southern Observatory (ESO)

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

Footage and photos: ESO / Luis Calçada, Angelos Tsaousis,  Nick Risinger, DSSC, VISTA, VVV Survey/D. Minniti,  Nogueras-Lara et al, Cristoph Malin, Cafker Productions, EHT Collaboration and Crazybridge Studios, Bob Demers (University of Arizona),  IRAM/Cinedia, INAOE Archive

Scientific consultant: Paola Amico, Mariya Lyubenova

Release Date: March 27, 2024

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