#Space | There was a big spark — 75 times brighter than usual — from the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way

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@pabsgill Our solar system, the Milky Way, has a supermassive black hole at the heart of it and it just shined brighter than ever before.
But this week, astronomers from saw the black hole glow 75 times brighter than it usually does in infrared before reverting back to its usual levels.
In fact, the light from the black hole was so bright that #TuanDo, who spotted the anomaly from the Keck Observatory, thought that it was a star at first.
The amount of light a black hole emits isn’t the actual black hole glowing but the disk around its gravitational center than pulls any dust and gas in the surrounding area.
S0-2 is a star that passed close to the black hole last year, so it’s possible that it changed the way that gas flows into the black hole.
The scientists can only speculate on what really happened until they have more data to analyse. Other telescopes like Spitzer, Chandra, Swift and ALMA are also watching the night sky.
Curating more data from those sources can help the scientists figure out what happened.
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