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Sgr A West: 6 centimeter image; VLA. Caption, Credit and Copyright

Sgr A West, a spiral-like pattern of thermal ionized gas that appears to be falling into the very center of the galaxy. Near its center is Sgr A*, a point-like radio source that many suspect is the nucleus of the Milky Way and indicates the presence of a black hole.

Courtesy: Prof. K.Y. Lo, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dept. of Astronomy

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Copyright 1995: Board of Trustees, University of Illinois

NCSA. Last modified 11/14/95.