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New photo of Sagittarius A

In case you’ve never heard of it, Sagittarius A* is the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way around 26,000 light-years away from Earth. The new image has captured the magnetic field structures spiraling around the black hole for the first time by using the polarization of light. This image was taken by the Event Horizon Telescope, a collaboration that uses radio telescopes around the world to form a combined array the size of Earth, large enough to image a black hole. The image has captured the magnetic field structures spiraling around the black hole, similar to those of another black hole called M87*, suggesting "strong, twisted, and organized" magnetic fields might be a common feature among black holes.

Image Credit: EHT Collaboration
Heavenlywarrior · 36-40, M
Just read about this . For me it’s the word….” organized”. Many will have to rethink about the design of our reality. It’s Divine intelligence.
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
@Heavenlywarrior I have reason and facts. I also have proven theory. One of the discoveries of science is allowing you to communicate with me right now .
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
@Heavenlywarrior Please read the Blind Watchmaker and other scientific works.
Heavenlywarrior · 36-40, M
@JimboSaturn ok ill check it out
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Enigmaticsoul · 22-25
Looks like a painting🖌️ to me
DrWatson · 70-79, M
@Enigmaticsoul As is sometimes the case with astronomical photos, what we see is not what would be seen in "natural" lighting. Filters are applied to bring out relevant features. In this case, the view is through polarizing lenses.

Nobody is trying to be deceptive about this. But when the photos get replicated, whether online or even in print newspapers, the people spreading the word often don't realize what it is they are sharing, and thus the explanation gets lost.

[quote] The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of our Milky Way black hole released in 2022, has captured a new view of the massive object at the center of our Galaxy: how it looks in polarized light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarization, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of Sagittarius A*. This image shows the polarized view of the Milky Way black hole. The lines mark the orientation of polarization, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole. Credit: EHT Collaboration [/quote]
@Enigmaticsoul The first photo we saw showed a blurry image of relative intensities. It's not just light falling on a light sensor, it's the result of complex calculations from many different images; perhaps not all sensors are visible light.

This new image with the "streaks" is an attempt to display the direction of polarization of the light (at whatever wavelength) in different parts of the image. The polarization of the light is caused by the way the magnetic field affects the paths of energetic light emitting particles; they illuminate the direction of the magnetic field.

I still don't understand everything that's been done to calculate these images; I'm getting my info from [b]https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2024/mar/new-image-reveals-magnetic-fields-edge-milky-ways-central-black-hole[/b]
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
That's amazing!

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