A recent discovery near the Milky Way’s center sheds light on the inner workings of our galaxy’s supermassive black hole. Astronomers detected a rare type of fast-spinning star, the first of its kind found near the Galactic Center. Its signals reveal previously undetectable activity in the black hole, helping astronomers understand how it feeds and grows.

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Nature: A strong magnetic field around the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy
nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12499.html

Neutron Stars and Pulsars
imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/pulsars.html

NASA Science: Black Holes
science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/focus-areas/black-holes/

Magnetars, the Most Magnetic Stars in the Universe
nasa.gov/missions/deepspace/f_magnetars.html

Radio Telescope Effelsberg
mpifr-bonn.mpg.de/8964/effelsberg

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