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Jun 16

Successful First Observations of Galactic Centre with GRAVITY

Source: ESO Organisation Release eso1622

eso1622aArtist’s impression of the star S2 passing very close to the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.
Image credits: ESO/L. Calçada.

A European team of astronomers have used the new GRAVITY instrument at ESO’s Very Large Telescope to obtain exciting observations of the centre of the Milky Way by combining light from all four of the 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes for the first time. These results provide a taste of the groundbreaking science that GRAVITY will produce as it probes the extremely strong gravitational fields close to the central supermassive black hole and tests Einstein’s general relativity. (learn more)

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