Art by Mark A. Garlick
Superheated gas swirls around our galaxy’s central black hole, Sagittarius A*.
Photograph by Stéphane Guisard, European Southern Observatory
Viewed through an amateur telescope, the Milky Way’s dusty center sweeps diagonally across the sky, draping stellar nurseries. Behind the veil lurks the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.
Photograph by NASA/Hubble Heritage Team
Superheated by the massive black hole at the center of galaxy M87, a jet of gas shoots out across several thousand light-years.
Photograph by NASA/European Space Agency/Hubble Heritage Team
A view through the massive galaxy cluster called Abell 1689 shows light from more distant galaxies smeared by the sheer force of Abell’s gravity. The gravity of black holes is immensely more powerful, allowing no light to escape.