Researchers are attempting to create an Earth-size virtual instrument called the Event Horizon Telescope; a worldwide network of radio telescopes powerful enough to snap a picture of the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy.
Dr Ananda Hota, a radio astronomer, marks this as his third most significant discovery. Before this, he had discovered an exotic galaxy with an active supermassive blackhole in September 2011, which he named Speca and later in April 2012 he made a breakthrough in the understanding of black hole-galaxy interplay in the galaxy NGC 3801, renamed by NASA-JPL-CalTech as Cosmic Leaf Blower galaxy.
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The core of our galaxy, seen in infrared light, and inverted. The black mass in the center is the location of Sagittarius A, the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy, which has the mass of 4 million suns.