Animated sequence of the VLTI images of stars around the Milky Way’s central black hole

This animation shows the orbits of the stars S29 and S55 as they move close to Sgr A* (centre), the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way. As we follow the stars along in their orbits, we see real images of the region obtained with the GRAVITY instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) in March, May, June and July 2021. In addition to S29 and S55, the images also show two fainter stars, S62 and S300, the latter having only been discovered following these new VLTI observations.


ESO/GRAVITY collaboration/L. Calçada


Julkaisupäivä:14. joulukuuta 2021 16:00
Vastaavat julkaisut:eso2119
Kesto:36 s
Frame rate:25 fps


Nimi:Sagittarius A*
Tyyppi:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Kategoria:Quasars and Black Holes

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