Scientists: Center of Milky Way Exploded Not Long Ago

Just 3.5 million years ago, after the dinosaurs had already become extinct and ancient human ancestors began to walk the Earth, the center of the Milky Way galaxy lit up as an epic beam of energy burst forth, creating a flare that expanded to more than 200,000 light years away from the supermassive black hole that created it.

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Scientists Call Black Hole Image Tip of the Iceberg

Capturing an image of a black hole was considered impossible just a generation ago but an international collaboration produced that very impossibility last month. On Thursday, scientists told Congress they are ready to go even deeper into the reaches of the universe’s greatest cosmic mysteries.

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