We are looking farther into the Universe than ever before. To a place where light simply vanishes. Science marches on.
It’s “the first time material has been observed orbiting close to the point of no return, and the most detailed observations yet of material orbiting this close to a black hole,” ESO writes. “This video starts with a wide view of the Milky Way and then zooms into a visualization of 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 Sagittarius A*.”