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Scientists have discovered strange objects orbiting our galaxy’s black hole

The Next Web Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Scientists have discovered strange objects orbiting our galaxy’s black holeEvery major galaxy is home to a supermassive black hole, and our own Milky Way is no exception. Astronomers recently found something unexpected near this massive object — 4 mysterious objects, each similar to a pair of bizarre bodies spotted in recent years in this same region of the galaxy. Our local supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*, pronounced Sag A star), contains roughly 4 million times as much mass as the Sun. Not far from this black hole, members of a newly-discovered class of objects are caught in a gravitational dance with a massive body. These G objects look like…

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News video: Scientists use x-ray 'light echoes' to scope out black holes

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CAMBRIDGE, BRITAIN — Astronomers have found a novel way to explore the regions around a black hole. In a paper published in Nature Astronomy, researchers say that they were able to use x-ray echoes around a black hole to map the celestial body's surroundings. According to the University of...

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