Astronomers have observed a stunning, supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way that’s pulling gas blobs into its vortex at 30 percent of the speed of light.

This is the first time that material has been observed orbiting close to the point of no return, and the most detailed observations yet of material orbiting so close to a black hole, according to scientists at the European Southern Observatory

The movement of the gas blobs triggered powerful bursts of radiation that were then detected by researchers using the GRAVITY instrument on the Very Large Telescope array in Chile.

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