Posted by Lydia on December 11th, 2008
In an article published in The Astrophysical Journal, German astronomers report that after a sixteen-year study they can confirm the presence of a black hole at the centre of our Milky Way Galaxy.
The studies were carried out using the 3.5m New Technology Telescope (NTT) and the 8.2m Very Large Telescope (VLT) both operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and situated in Chile.
Well, December 9th, here in South Texas it was 78°F and yesterday (December 10th) it was snowing making it an excellent time to turn up the heat, fire up the Chili and hot cocoa and finish reading The Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy by Fulvio Melia. I also came across an article on the BBC website on this subject.
As we know, black holes are objects whose gravity is so dense that not even light can escape them. Cosmologists believe the extreme density of black holes condense surrounding matter and so aid in creating appropriate conditions for star formation. It’s a fascinating to think that we have “our very own” black hole (which is about four million times larger than our Sun) 27,000 light years from Earth.