OREANDA-NEWS The Hawaiian Observatory recorded unusual activity in the vicinity of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A in the center of the Milky Way. This object is located at a distance of 26 thousand light years from Earth and about a million times more massive than the Sun.

For a long time it was believed that the hole is in a sleeping state and does not show noticeable "signs of life." But in mid-May 2019, the situation changed - scientists began to notice powerful and sharp fluctuations in the infrared glow. In some cases, the brightness of Sagittarius A increased 75 times in just a few hours, and then faded just as quickly, according to New Scientist.

It is known that dense layers of dust and gas absorb most of the radiation from the hole.

The presence of bright flashes visible from the Earth through telescopes indicates abrupt and very rapid changes in the amount of gas falling on the event horizon.

Scientists could not determine what caused such phenomena.