1st image of supermassive black hole at the center of Milky Way galaxy revealed

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For the first time, astronomers have captured an image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

It's the first direct observation confirming the presence of the black hole, known as Sagittarius A*, as the beating heart of the Milky Way.

Black holes don't emit light, but the image shows the shadow of the black hole surrounded by a bright ring

Astronomers said the black hole is 4 million times more massive than our sun.

"Astronomers have questioned what lies in the centre of our galaxy for decades."

pulling stars into tight orbits through its immense gravity

Harvard & Smithsonian astrophysicist Michael Johnson

we have zoomed in a thousand times closer than these orbits

Our solar system is located in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy