Black hole at center of Milky Way pictured for first time

the first direct visual evidence of "the gentle giant" that lies at the center of our galaxy.

astronomers have wondered what lies at the heart of our galaxy, pulling stars into tight orbits through its immense gravity,

scientists have the first direct image that confirms that Sagittarius A* is indeed a black hole

The research was conducted by an international team of astronomers known as the Event Horizon Telescope

 which is made up of more than 300 scientists from 80 different institutions around the world.

The black hole is completely dark, but the photo captured a glowing ring around a cloaked center

 astronomers identified as the black hole's telltale shadow

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