Is a Magnetic Whirlpool Starving Our Local Black Hole?

The Cosmic Companion
Jun 11 · 4 min read
Magnetic fields surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Cool matter falling into the black hole is shown in blue, while pink lines indicate magnetic field lines. Image credit: NASA/SOFIA/Hubble Space Telescope
An artist’s conception of bodies of matter orbiting around our galactic supermassive black hole. Image credit: ESO/M. Parsa/L. Calçada

SOFIA in flight, with the observatory door opened, ready to study the skies. Image credit: SOFIA

The galactic neighborhood where Sgr A* is found may also be home to thousands of other, smaller black holes. Credit: Chandra X-ray Observatory

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James Maynard is the author of two books, and thousands of articles about space and science. E-mail: thecosmiccompanion@gmail.com

The Cosmic Companion

Exploring the wonders of the Cosmos, one mystery at a time