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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Eye of the Galaxy

(NASA photo)
Just as an optometrist peers into the pupil of a human eye, scientists are now ready to do the same with a galactic one.

The eye of the Milky Way is thought to be a black hole.  Dubbed “Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*, as in A-star), this gas-eating chasm allegedly snacks on stars.

Glimpses of this process can hopefully be had via the Event Horizon Telescope.  This virtual telescope is Earth-sized in scope, drawing upon information from “eight radio observatories around the world.”  These observatories are located in Spain, Chile, Antarctica, Mexico and
the United States.

Astronomers hope to observe a “banana” of light, indicating the edge (event horizon) of the hole.  This glowing crescent would reflect light that “is bent in the intense gravity around a black hole.”

Physicists have long theorized about the nature of this event horizon.  If seeing is believing, then devotees might soon be swearing on galactic “bibles.”


Copyright April 6, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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