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Newly captured image shows strong magnetic fields surrounding the black hole at the center of the Milky Way

In a groundbreaking discovery, scientists working with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) have found powerful and organized magnetic fields spiraling from the edge of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) at the center of our Milky Way. This new image reveals that Sgr A* has a similar magnetic field structure to that of the black hole in galaxy M87, suggesting that strong magnetic fields may be common to all black holes.

The research involved a collaboration of over 300 scientists from around the world, who studied Sgr A* in polarized light to better understand its magnetic field structure. The team’s findings were published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters in 2022.

Prior to this study, scientists had only released the first image of Sgr A* at press conferences worldwide in 2019, revealing similarities between it and M87 despite their differences in size and mass. To further investigate these similarities, the team studied Sgr A* in polarized light using sophisticated tools and a global network of telescopes to create a virtual Earth-sized telescope, known as the EHT.

Imaging black holes with polarized light is challenging due to their quick changes, making it difficult to capture detailed photos. However, through this research, scientists were able to observe strong magnetic fields spiraling near Sgr A*, providing valuable insights into the nature of these enigmatic cosmic objects.

The study indicates that both black holes have strong magnetic fields, suggesting this may be a fundamental characteristic of black holes. While a visible jet was observed at M87, scientists have not yet found one at Sgr A*. However, this research contributes significantly to our understanding of the magnetic fields and structures around black holes.

Overall, this discovery highlights how far we have come in our understanding of black holes and how much more there is still to learn about these mysterious celestial objects.

By Samantha Jones

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