“Game Changer” –‘Micro’ Supermassive Black Hole 5,000 Times Size of Our Solar System



This image of microquasar SS 433, first discovered forty years ago, located about 18 000 light-years away in the constellation of Aquila (The Eagle), was captured for the very first time at submillimeter wavelengths by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The image is a game changer because it shows the jets emitted by a hot, swirling disc of material encircling the supermassive black hole at SS 433’s center –these jets have been seen to move at apparent speeds greater than that of light .