Overwhelming gravity of black holes does not allow even light to escape, making it just impossible for astronomers to spot these massive holes. However, that could change as a team of scientists are working on a new project to capture the first-ever picture of a black hole at the heart of the Milky Way.
Astronomers know that a super-massive black hole dubbed Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) exists at the core of our galaxy, but they have thus far failed to capture its image.
Now, an international team of researchers from observatories in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Chile, Spain, Mexico and Antarctica, have launched a new project called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) to capture an image of the black hole.
EHT Director Sheperd Doeleman said, “We hope to see the un-seeable. We want to see something that by its very nature tries to do everything it can not to be seen. It’s the ultimate cloaking device.”
Sgr A* has an estimated mass of around 4 million times that of our host star – the Sun. It has been exerting its super great gravitational influence on our galaxy for billions of years.
As per current theories, Sgr A* should appear as a bright crescent of light with a faint interior. In case it looks different, it could mean that current theoretical physics is imperfect.