Astronomers have seen an absolutely stunning, humongous black hole right at the center of the Milky Way. It is pulling gas blobs into its vortex at 30 percent speed of the light. This happens to be the first time when a material has been observed orbiting near the point of no return. Moreover, the most detailed observations to have taken place of material orbiting so close to a black hole. The movement of the gas blobs went on to trigger powerful bursts of radiation, which were then detected by researchers using the Gravity instrument on the Very Large Telescope array in Chile. A scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics said in a statement that it is quite mind-boggling to witness material orbiting of a massive black hole at only 30 percent of the speed of light in reality. The scientist said that the tremendous sensitivity has allowed them to observe the accretion processes in real time carrying unprecedented detail.
As per the researchers, the monstrous black hole is known as Sagittarius A*. It is basically a physical point of no return that pulls up any matter that is too close towards a death spiral. The group went on to publish the study of their work in the Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics on Wednesday. Sagittarius A* is regarded as a black hole carrying a mass, which is more than 4 million times the mass of the Sun, staying around 25000 light years away from Earth. The long-standing assumption for Sagittarius A* has been, that it is a supermassive black hole. Genzel went on to conclude that the result confirms in a resounding manner that it is similar to a massive black hole.
The incident that the astronomers observed happens to be a visual simulation based upon the data gathered by GRAVITY along with other telescopes. An astrophysicist, Tana Joseph said that if people were close enough to observe the flares, they would be in a lot of trouble. There would not only be bright flashes of optical light but also loads of high energy radiation like gamma rays, which would be harmful to our bodies.