July 14, 2024
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Space

NASA telescope detects 'cosmic fireworks' and faint echoes from Milky Way's supermassive black hole

Astronomers have detected flares and echoes coming from the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). These “cosmic fireworks” and X-ray echoes could help scientists better understand the dark, silent cosmic titan around which our galaxy orbits.

The team of researchers at Michigan State University made this groundbreaking discovery while analyzing decades of NASA data. Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) telescope. Nine large flares that the team discovered coming from Mrs* They had been captured by NuSTAR, which has been observing the cosmos in X-rays since July 2012. These signals had not previously been detected by astronomers.

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