A star orbiting a black hole shows Einstein got gravity right — again

It’s the first time an effect of general relativity has been observed in such an environment

supermassive black hole illustration

BLACK HOLE SUN  Einstein’s theory of gravity was upheld in measurements of a star that recently made a close pass by the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, as shown in this artist’s conception illustrating the star’s trajectory over the past few months.

M. Kornmesser/ESO

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Physics

From the Nature Index

Paid Content