Saggitarius A* image by Chandra X-Ray Observatory
|Right ascension||17h 45m 40.05s|
|Declination||±−29° 00′ 27.9″|
|Distance||25900±1400 light years|
|Notable features||Radio source in the center of the Milky Way|
|Other designations||Sgr A*|
|See also: Diffuse nebula, Lists of nebulae|
The radio source is part of a larger astronomical feature known as Sagittarius A. Sagittarius A* is thought to be a supermassive black hole, like those that are at the centers of most spiral and elliptical galaxies. Observations of the star S2 in orbit around Sagittarius A* were used to show the presence of the Milky Way's central supermassive black hole. This led to the conclusion that Sagittarius A* is the site of that black hole.
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References[change | change source]
- Reynolds 2008
- Overbye, Dennis (8 June 2015). "Black Hole Hunters". NASA. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- Overbye, Dennis; Corum, Jonathan; Drakeford, Jason (8 June 2015). "Video: Peering Into a Black Hole". New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
- Henderson, Mark (December 9, 2008). "Astronomers confirm black hole at the heart of the Milky Way". Times Online. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- Reynolds C. 2008. Astrophysics: bringing black holes into focus. Nature 455 (7209): 39–40. Bibcode:2008Natur.455...39R. doi:10.1038/455039a. PMID 18769426.
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Media related to Sagittarius A at Wikimedia Commons