Watch Stars Orbit Milky Way’s Black Hole in Nearly 20-Year Time-Lapse
Jul 31, 2018
The NACO instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope was used to create this time-lapse video of stars orbiting the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole over the course of nearly 20 years. — Star Zooms Past Monster Black Hole, Confirms Relativity: www.space.com/41291-relativity…
HERE’S AN ARTICLE that goes into a lot more detail about what we see in the video, and relativity.
From the link.
For the first time ever, researchers have watched a star race past the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way, verifying that its motion showed the effects of general relativity, as predicted by Albert Einstein.
The stars of the Milky Way orbit a gargantuan black hole called Sagittarius A*, which is generally quiet as viewed from Earth, except for ripping apart the occasional object that ventures too close. The black hole’s mass is 4 million times that of the sun, and it exhibits our galaxy’s strongest gravitational field, making it — and a small group of stars orbiting it at high speed — a perfect proving ground for the extreme effects predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
This wont be news to some as its 3 years old. But what great video, 20 year timelapse…
Sarcastic? Me? Never!!!
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This is just excellent!