A team of scientists at the European Southern Observatory, or ESO, spotted flares of infrared radiation shooting up from a gas circle near the orbit of Sagittarius A*.
An global team of scientists used the GRAVITY tool mounted on the interferometer the Very large telescope for observations of flashes of infrared radiation coming from the accretion disk around Sagittarius A* is a massive object in the center of the milky Way.More news: Couple says fatal fall victim captured in selfie
For its in the journal "Astronomy & Astrophysics" published studies, the global team of scientists used the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of ESO in Chile.
Following up on the serendipitous discovery, the astronomers saw the three flares move in small 45-minute orbits, and the polarization of their light rotated full circle in the same period.More news: Golf Equipment Market - Continues to Impress as Expansions Gain Momentum
"It's overwhelming to witness directly the matter rotating around a massive black hole 30% of the speed of light - says Oliver Pfuhl from the Institute for extraterrestrial physics, max Planck (MPE)". "GRAVITY's tremendous sensitivity has allowed us to observe the accretion processes in real time in unprecedented detail".
This visualization uses data from simulations of orbital motions of gas swirling around at about 30% of the speed of light on a circular orbit around the supermassive black hole. For the first Time demonstrated the impact that Albert Einstein with his General theory of relativity in such an extreme environment had predicted. "During our observations, we had the good fortune to notice three bright eruptions around the Black hole - it was a happy coincidence", said lake to the new observations.
The ESO said the observed flares provide long-awaited confirmation that the object in the centre of the galaxy is, as has always been assumed, a supermassive black hole.More news: 2 stabbed in attack at London office
"This always was one of our dream projects but we did not dare to hope that it would become possible so soon ... the result is a resounding confirmation of the massive black hole paradigm", Reinhard Genzel, of the MPE, who led the study, said in the statement.