This mysterious object is called Sagittarius A * and has been sleeping scientists for years. Unfortunately, we do not know much about him, and the recent registered phenomena associated with it, surprise us more and more with their power.
The black hole is about 25,000 light-years away and has a mass of 4.6 million times that of the Sun. These objects absorb unimaginable amounts of gas and matter. It makes their brightness change from time to time. However, astronomers who observe this object in the heart of the Milky Way have not yet expected how this could be a violent phenomenon. A few days ago, the black hole Sagittarius A * became 75 times brighter than usual for just 2 hours.
At first, the researchers downplayed the observation because they thought the increase in brightness was associated with the star S0-2. However, after deeper analysis, it turned out that most likely it was possible to record the absorption of a huge cloud of hydrogen in the event horizon. Astronomers intend to take a closer look at the acquired data to better understand this process. The problem is that this phenomenon has been considered unique. After analysis, however, it may turn out to be something natural, and we have not yet realized this fact.
Either way, the Sagittarius A *’s increase in brightness by up to 75 times than usual shows us how powerful and dynamic objects are black holes, and how little we know about them. It is worth adding that our black hole is not one of the largest in the Universe. Imagine what phenomena accompany the absorption of matter by such incredibly large objects found in other galaxies that we do not even know about.
On the subject of black holes, it’s worth mentioning that a few months ago, NASA published the first-ever image of this object, or rather the event horizon. The image was created on the basis of the Event Horyzont Telescope project and shows us a huge black hole located in the center of the galaxy Messier 87. You can see this amazing image above.