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Milky Way black hole photographed, proving its existence

Italian experts contributed to breakthrough

(ANSA) - ROME, MAY 12 - The European Southern Observatory (ESO) said Thursday that astronomers have for the first time photographed the supermassive black hole at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy, proving that the object is indeed a black hole.
    The image of the black hole, known as Sagittarius A, was produced by a global research team called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, using observations from a worldwide network of radio telescopes.
    Experts from Italy's National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Naples' Federico II University and Cagliari University took part.
    "It's an extraordinary achievement that shows how important international cooperation is in the scientific field and how important it is for Italy to be part of it," said University and Research Minister Maria Cristina Messa.
    "We will only realize the importance of this extraordinary result over time".
    The new achievement comes after the EHT's release of the first image of a black hole, called M87, at the centre of the more distant Messier 87 galaxy, in 2019.
    This research on the image of the Milky Way Black was presented in six papers published on Thursday in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. (ANSA).


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