Yes, the new image of the Milky Way’s monstrous black hole looks mysterious. Here’s why that doesn’t happen.

Capturing the first-ever image of the Milky Way’s black hole wasn’t an easy task.

The historic image, published Thursday (May 12), of what scientists call Sagittarius A* was taken by a planet-wide array of telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Telescopes used the timing of the atomic clock to precisely combine their data, which is no easy task given that the material around Sagittarius A* scientists were photographing changes in shape every minute.

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