“A Future Monster?” Magnetic Field Mutes Milky Way’s Black Hole

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“The spiral shape of the magnetic field channels the gas into an orbit around the black hole,” said Darren Dowell, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, principal investigator for the HAWC+ instrument, and lead author of the study about Milky Way’s central black hole. “This could explain why our black hole is quiet while others are active.”

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