The Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is leaking gas

A composite image of the effects of our Milky Way galaxy’s monster black hole. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, and Gerald Cecil (UNC-Chapel Hill); Image Processing: Joseph DePasquale (STScI))

The supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy is leaking.

The Milky Way’s central black hole, known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), has been “leaking” or emitting jet-like superheated beams for several thousand years. In a composite image captured with the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers have revealed bright X-ray radiation as well as bright clouds of molecular gas and heated ionized gas near the black hole.