NASA has revealed an image of the heart of the Milky Way. The breathtaking photo shows the amazingly beautiful colors surrounding the black hole of our galaxy.
The X-ray images are depth in detail, showing all the astonishing colors in our galaxy, including the supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*. These fantastic colors come from the gasses formed due to the extreme temperatures. The light of our galaxy is also caused by the neutron stars and white dwarf stars.
Here’s what the space agency said about the images: “The central region of our galaxy, the Milky Way, contains an exotic collection of objects, including a supermassive black hole weighing about 4 million times the mass of the Sun (called Sagittarius A*), clouds of gas at temperatures of millions of degrees, neutron stars and white dwarf stars tearing material from companion stars and beautiful tendrils of radio emission.”
The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy
Emma Osborne, an astrophysicist at the University of Southampton, explains how the mass of an object affects the time and space: “Anything mass will stretch space-time. And the heavier something is, or the more mass it has, the more it will stretch space-time.
“If you were to stand just outside the event horizon of Sagittarius A*, and you stood there for one minute, 700 years would pass because time passes so much slower in the gravitational field there than it does on Earth.”
The black holes are still one of the biggest mysteries of the universe. There is not that much that science has discovered about this destructive force that not even light can escape from.
But the experts found out three possible ways for a black hole to come to life. The first way is when a black hole is formed from a supernova. The second way is when a massive amount of matter collapses in on itself. The third way is via the collision of two neutron stars.
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