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The monster in the middle of the Milky Way is turning slowly?

This wide-field view of the center of our Milky Way shows in visible light the large number of stars contained in this small space. The stars closest to the center of the galaxy, known as S stars, orbit SgrA *, a massive black hole. The orbits of these stars help scientists better understand the black hole and the nature of …

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Andrea Ghez receives Nobel Prize in Physics for groundbreaking research on the supermassive black hole of the Milky Way

Andrea Ghez is the eighth faculty member at UCLA to be named a Nobel Laureate. Photo credit: Elena Zhukova / University of California Andrea Ghez, Lauren B. Leichtman from UCLA and Arthur E. Levine Professor of Astrophysics, were today awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. Ghez shares half of the award with Reinhard Genzel from UC Berkeley and the …

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Galaxies trapped in the web of a supermassive black hole – The cosmic “spider web” made of gas extends over 300 times the size of the Milky Way

Artist’s impression of the network of the supermassive black hole. With the help of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have found six galaxies around a supermassive black hole. Such a close grouping was first observed in the first billion years of the universe. This artist’s impression shows the central black hole and the galaxies enclosed in its gas network. …

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Breakthrough limits intelligent search for life in the Milky Way

Photo credit: University of Manchester A team at the University of Manchester has discovered an analytical breakthrough that could greatly improve our chances of finding extraterrestrial life in our galaxy. In new research published today in Monthly releases from the Royal Astronomical SocietyThe researchers demonstrate a reanalysis of existing data that marks a new milestone in the quest for extraterrestrial …

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