Astronomers have long thought that there is a huge black hole hiding out in our galaxy. But because they are entirely dark, it is difficult to actually spot it. The new pictures from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) show clumps of gas swirling around at about 30% of the speed of light on a circular orbit just outside its event horizon. Reinhard Genzel, of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany, who led the study, said: “This always was one of our dream projects but we did not dare to hope that it would become possible so soon.”
The very large telescope, in Chile
Researchers detected these flares from Earth using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) array in Chile. Black holes are so dense and their gravitational pull is so strong that no form of radiation can escape them , not even light.They act as intense sources of gravity which hoover up dust and gas around them. Supermassive black holes are found at the center of every known massive galaxy.