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Revolutionary Discovery Reveals Magnetic Field Structure Around Sgr A* Black Hole

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Newly captured image shows strong magnetic fields surrounding the black hole at the center of the Milky Way

Scientists working with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) have discovered an important structure around the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) at the center of our galaxy. They found powerful and organized magnetic fields spiraling from the edge of the black hole, a feature that had not been seen before in polarized light. This new image provides insight into the magnetic field structure around Sgr A*, which appears similar to that of the black hole in the galaxy M87.

The discovery was made by a team of over 300 researchers from around the world who collaborated on the project. In 2017, they used sophisticated tools and a global network of telescopes to create a virtual Earth-sized telescope, called EHT, to observe Sgr A* in polarized light. The study was published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters in 2022, revealing similarities between Sgr A* and M87 despite their differences in size and mass.

The presence of strong magnetic fields near Sgr A* suggests that a similar process may be happening there as well as at M87. Previous observations of M87 showed that its magnetic fields allowed it to launch powerful jets of material into its surroundings. However, scientists have not yet found one at Sgr A*. This research contributes to our understanding of the magnetic fields and structures around black holes, providing valuable insights into these enigmatic cosmic objects.

By Samantha Jones

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