Closing in on black hole

Scientists have zoomed in on a massive black hole that is gobbling up stars at the centre of our galaxy, they revealed yesterday.
They got the most detailed view ever by linking up ten radio telescopes up to 5,000 miles apart to act like one giant instrument.
Astronomers from Shanghai in China and the US located the titanic black hole that is pumping out powerful radio waves deep in the Milky Way.
They hope to examine it right down to the so-called event horizon – the point beyond which light cannot escape – to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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