New Discovery Sheds Light on Magnetic Fields of Black Holes in Our Milky Way

New view of the magnetic fields surrounding the black hole in the Milky Way

Scientists have made a groundbreaking discovery about the magnetic fields around the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. This discovery, captured in polarized light for the first time, reveals powerful and organized spirals of magnetic fields emanating from the black hole. The structure of these magnetic fields bears a striking resemblance to those observed around the black hole in M87, suggesting that strong magnetic fields may be a universal characteristic of black holes.

The research involved over 300 scientists from various continents and was published in two articles in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Previously, scientists had unveiled the first image of Sgr A* in 2022, which showed similarities to those observed in M87. To further investigate these similarities, researchers decided to study Sgr A* in polarized light.

Observations suggest that the magnetic fields surrounding Sgr A* may be enabling the black hole to launch powerful jets of material, similar to what was observed in M87. This discovery sheds light on the structure and strength of magnetic fields near black holes and provides valuable insights into their feeding and expulsion mechanisms. However, imaging black holes with polarized light presents challenges, but this data indicates that strong magnetic fields may be a universal characteristic of black holes.

Imaging Sgr A* with polarized light also revealed intriguing possibilities for future research and understanding of cosmic phenomena. While there is still uncertainty about whether there is a jet around Sgr A*, the similarities between this black hole and others raise interesting possibilities for further investigation into their nature and behavior. The collaboration of telescopes around the world forming EHT played a pivotal role in these groundbreaking observations, highlighting the importance of international cooperation in advancing our knowledge of the universe.

Overall, this new discovery has far-reaching implications for our understanding of astrophysics and provides valuable insights into one of nature’s most enigmatic objects: supermassive black holes at its core.

Scientists have made a groundbreaking discovery about the magnetic fields around the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. This discovery, captured in polarized light for the first time, reveals powerful and organized spirals of magnetic fields emanating from the black hole. The structure of these magnetic…

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