Astronomers have known for plenty of time that a supermassive black hole exists at the center of most galaxies, including our own. But since we live in the Milky Way galaxy, scientists first have to understand what’s the deal with the supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A.
As you’ve already guessed or known before, Sagittarius A is the name of the supermassive black hole from the center of our Milky Way galaxy. But astronomers still have a lot to learn about it, whether they like to admit it or not. For instance, the huge flares ejected by our supermassive black hole had been pretty puzzling throughout the years, but hopefully, scientists will finally have some answers.
The James Webb Telescope launches on December 18
If everything goes right and another delay won’t get in the way of the launch, NASA’s next-generation James Webb Telescope will launch on December 18. The tool will try to uncover the secrets of the supermassive black hole that’s located at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, according to SciTechDaily.com.
The new telescope will collaborate with a global effort to create an image that surrounds Sagittarius A. Webb will be using infrared images of the black hole and provide data about the moments the flares from the cosmic object occur.
The Sagittarius A black hole’s flares are indeed peculiar, challenging scientists to be even more willing for exploration. The flickering flares occur in the material that surrounds the black hole, and they also possess the unusual property of altering the pattern of light every hour.
Astronomer Farhad Yusef-Zadeh declared as quoted by SciTechDaily.com:
Our galaxy’s supermassive black hole is the only one known to have this kind of flaring, and while that has made capturing an image of the region very difficult, it also makes Sagittarius A* even more scientifically interesting.
The James Webb Space Telescope will replace the much older Hubble, a telescope with a vast and interesting history of space exploration for over 30 years.