Feel the pull of the largest object in our galaxy, a Supermassive Black Hole.
Astronomers are discovering its
properties by probing the objects that are buzzing around it at
Thick dust and blinding starlight have long obscured our vision into the mysterious inner regions of the galactic center. And yet, the clues have been piling up, that something important, something strange is going on in there. Astronomers tracking stars in the center of the galaxy have found the best proof to date that black holes exist.
Now, they are shooting for the first direct image of a black hole.
The mysteries that lie within the center of the Milky Way serves as the basis for this enticing documentary.
This breathtaking swirl composed of gas,
dust, and billions of stars has remained largely elusive throughout
history, but its secrets may hold the key to understanding much of
what remains unknown about our universe.
More than three decades later, acclaimed
astronomer Eric Becklin helped to construct infrared
technology which allowed his team to peer through the clouds of dust
particles to uncover the center of the Milky Way.
Becklin was stationed in Hawaii, while astronomer Reinhart Jensen studied from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany.
The speed with which objects swarmed and
circled around this galactic center led to the possibility of a supermassive black hole, a theory further supported by the
awe-inspiring imagery captured by
the Hubble telescope.
Their quest is occasionally thwarted by the limitations of current technology, a challenge they overcome with impressive cooperation and ingenuity.
For them, many mysteries remain...