Amazing simulation gives you a virtual tour of the violent black hole at the ...

An amazing simulation gives you a virtual tour of the violent black hole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy.

The animation shows dust and gas whipping around the edges of Sagittarius A* at speeds of up to 56,000 miles per second (90,000 kilometres per second).

Scientists know the supermassive black hole sits in the middle of our galaxy, but have yet to get a good look at it because it is hidden behind huge plumes of gas.

Researchers at the Radboud University in the Netherlands and Goethe University in Germany have built the world's first simulation of the object.

They used a host of recent models of Sagittarius A* to show what the black hole may look like to the naked eye.

They suggest the 360-degree tour, which people can explore through a VR headset, could be useful for studying black holes.

 'Our simulation creates one of the most realistic views of the direct surroundings of the black hole ,' said study coauthor Jordy Davelaar.

'It will help us to learn more about how black holes behave.

'Travelling to a black hole in our lifetime is impossible, so immersive visualisations like this can help us understand more about these systems from where we are.'

An amazing simulation gives you a virtual tour of the violent black hole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy

An amazing simulation gives you a virtual tour of the violent black hole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy

Sagittarius A* is located around 26,000 light years from Earth, and scientists estimate it measures 27 million miles (44 million km) across.

The black hole sucks in one per cent of all the matter that orbits it, which mostly consists of dust and gas drawn to the object by its phenomenal gravitational pull.

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