The Galactic Center: Is It a Massive Black Hole?

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Science  26 Sep 1986:
Vol. 233, Issue 4771, pp. 1394-1403
DOI: 10.1126/science.233.4771.1394


Studies of active galactic nuclei constitute one of the major efforts in astronomy. Massive black holes are the most likely source for the enormous energy radiated from such nuclei. Observations reviewed here suggest unusual activity and the possible existence of a massive black hole in the nucleus of our galaxy. Because of its proximity to Earth, our galactic nucleus can be observed in unsurpassed detail and may serve as the Rosetta stone both for deciphering active galactic nuclei and for confirming the existence of a massive black hole.