Andrea Ghez is an American astronomer and professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA. For more than a decade, Dr Ghez and her team have been working at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, US, tracking a strange entity at the centre of the Milky Way. During their investigation, the team measured the phenomenon to be accelerating at speeds of 3,000,000mph and weighing four million times more than the mass of the Sun.
As a result, Dr Ghez has determined there is a supermassive black hole at the centre of the universe, it was revealed during Amazon Prime’s “Secrets of the Universe” series.
The 2015 series revealed: “Their observations reveal a no man’s land.
“An inner zone cleared by the voracious appetite of the black hole.
“A cloud of super hot gas surrounds it and the black hole pulls everything around it in.
“It then spews a lot of it back out.”
A supermassive black hole is a class of astronomical objects that has undergone gravitational collapse, leaving behind a region of space from which nothing can escape.
Currently, the supermassive black hole is around 26,000 light years away from Earth.
However, that could change if the Milky Way galaxy collides with another, potentially sending our planet toppling towards a black hole.
Fabio Pascucci, from Yale University, previously revealed how the black hole threatens to end life on Earth.
“Nothing, not even light, can move fast enough to escape a black hole’s gravitational pull once it passes a certain boundary, known as the event horizon.
“A collision with the Andromeda Galaxy is predicted to happen 4 billion years from now, which may not be great news for our future planet.
“Before we judge them too harshly, black holes aren’t simply agents of destruction.
“They played a crucial role in the formation of galaxies, the building blocks of our universe.”