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Astronomers created a panorama of the neighborhood of a black hole in the center of the Milky Way

Based on data from terrestrial and space observatories, astronomers made a panoramic visualization of the vicinity of a supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way, N + 1 reported. The preprint of the study is published on the portal. This will make it possible to understand the dynamics of gas and radiation flows near black holes, according to the website of the Chandra telescope. In the center of the Milky Way in 26 thousand light-years from the Sun there is a compact radio source Sagittarius A *, which, presumably, is a supermassive black hole weighing 4.2 million times the mass of the Sun. Its vicinity is a hotbed of astrophysical activity. An important role in it is played by fluxes of radiation and matter from about thirty massive hot stars of the Wolf-Rayet class, located within one and a half light years from the black hole. The streams of matter that flow from the stars can collide, forming shock waves, or, upon approaching a black hole, fall on it along a spiral trajectory. At the same time, the gas will be heated to high temperatures and radiated in the x-ray range. A black hole can also provoke intense emissions of matter that can "clear" its surroundings from the material of stellar winds.

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