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Revolutionary Discovery: Magnetic Fields Reveal Mysteries of Milky Way’s Black Hole

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 28, 2024
Magnetic Fields Surrounding Milky Way’s Black Hole – Exploring the Science & Technology

The European Southern Observatory has recently announced a groundbreaking discovery made by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT): powerful magnetic fields swirling around the black hole located at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. A new image captured in polarized light has revealed a ring of magnetic fields surrounding the Sagittarius A* black hole for the first time, similar to those observed around the M87* black hole in the heart of the M87 Galaxy.

These magnetic fields are organized and strong, according to Sara Issaoun from Harvard’s Center for Astrophysics, who co-leads the project. Images captured in polarized light allow astronomers to isolate these magnetic field lines, providing insights into their structure and strength.

Despite being enigmatic and difficult to study, supermassive black holes found at the centers of galaxies possess masses that are millions and even billions of times greater than that of our Sun. Their origins remain a mystery to scientists, but advancements in technology have made it possible to indirectly observe them. The EHT captured the halo of light produced by the flow of matter and gases that black holes attract and expel, providing key insights into their behavior.

Angelo Ricarte, a member of Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative and co-lead of the project, explained that by imaging polarized light from hot glowing gas near black holes, scientists can directly infer their magnetic field structures and strengths. Mariafelicia De Laurentis, deputy scientist at EHT and professor at University Naples Federico II noted that strong magnetic fields observed around both M87* and Sagittarius A* may be a universal feature of these systems.

By Samantha Nguyen

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