Astronomers spot ‘unprecedented’ bright flashes in our galaxy’s black hole

Astronomers never know exactly what to expect when they point a telescope in a specific direction — and sometimes what they see is completely unexpected.

In this case, astronomers were using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to observe the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

It’s 26,000 light-years from Earth, but it’s the closest black hole we can see, even if it’s largely obscured by dust.

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