There’s a Weird String at the Center of Our Galaxy

By Mike McCrae

Astronomers have produced a clear snapshot of a 2.3 light-year long ‘thread’ snaking around the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.

The structure itself was discovered back in 2012, but the new image reveals the long line seems to be fairly intimate with the dark heart of our galaxy. While a closer look helps narrow down possibilities on what it might be, astronomers are still far from a solid answer.

A small team of researchers produced the image using data from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s (NRAO) Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, and applied a novel imaging technique to help clean up the detail.

Read the full article at ScienceAlert.

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