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Into the heart of darkness

The Milky Way, like other galaxies, is thought to harbour a black hole at its centre. The remarkable observation of a star in close orbit around the Galactic Centre is the first firm evidence that this is so.

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Figure 1: Journey to the centre of the Galaxy.

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Gebhardt, K. Into the heart of darkness. Nature 419, 675–676 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1038/419675a

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