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Two-bed £3M Mayfair pad boasts key to London’s biggest private terrace

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Inner city gardens tend to be more courtyard than expansive oases… but not if you make the most of a rooftop, which is exactly what one plush Mayfair flat – with an eye-watering price tag – can boast.  

Located directly above London’s famous Gagosian Gallery, this two-bedroom, 1,266 sqft apartment opens directly onto the West End’s largest roof garden, which sprawls 120ft in length.  

The turfed area is a world away from the (pre-Covid, at least) hustle and bustle of the boutiques, Michelin-starred restaurants and galleries below and the second floor flat, on Grosvenor Hill Court, even comes with its own putting range – meaning residents can tee off from the top of the nine-storey modernist apartment building.   

Anyone for roof-top golf? The two-bedroomed flat in modernist Grosvenor Hill Court in the heart of Mayfair boasts something that most London bolt-holes can't - access to the biggest roof garden in the West End

Anyone for roof-top golf? The two-bedroomed flat in modernist Grosvenor Hill Court in the heart of Mayfair boasts something that most London bolt-holes can't - access to the biggest roof garden in the West End

Anyone for roof-top golf? The two-bedroomed flat in modernist Grosvenor Hill Court in the heart of Mayfair boasts something that most London bolt-holes can’t – access to the biggest roof garden in the West End

The roomy flat, which stretches 1266 sqft inside, harks back to the modernist era; the building was designed by Bryan and Norman Woodwood Architects, a favourite of then Prime Minister Harold Wilson

The roomy flat, which stretches 1266 sqft inside, harks back to the modernist era; the building was designed by Bryan and Norman Woodwood Architects, a favourite of then Prime Minister Harold Wilson

The roomy flat, which stretches 1266 sqft inside, harks back to the modernist era; the building was designed by Bryan and Norman Woodwood Architects, a favourite of then Prime Minister Harold Wilson

In the heart of W1: The master bedroom offers roof-top views of one of London's most exclusive enclaves

In the heart of W1: The master bedroom offers roof-top views of one of London's most exclusive enclaves

In the heart of W1: The master bedroom offers roof-top views of one of London’s most exclusive enclaves

The property also boasts a modern galley kitchen but potential buyers should be warned - there's a £9,000 plus annual fee to upkeep the communal facilities

The property also boasts a modern galley kitchen but potential buyers should be warned - there's a £9,000 plus annual fee to upkeep the communal facilities

The property also boasts a modern galley kitchen but potential buyers should be warned – there’s a £9,000 plus annual fee to upkeep the communal facilities  

The residents-only green offers a unique driving range with over 1,066 square yards of teeing areas, fairways and putting greens.

Located just off Berkeley Square, Grosvenor Hill Court was originally designed in a bid to bring some 1960s cool and contemporary flair to historic Mayfair. 

The property was built in 1964-1968 by legendary Mayfair developer Edward Erdman to designs by Bryan & Norman Woodwood Architects, a favourite of then Prime Minister Harold Wilson. 

So, what do you get for £3million? There’s a 26.3 ft long reception room which spans the entire width of the apartment with large floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the landscaped roof garden.   

Literally a stone’s throw away is the 18,000 sqft Gagosian Gallery, which showcases some of the world’s most famous artworks. 

Agent Peter Wetherell, Chief Executive of Wetherell said the home is perfect for the social-distancing era.

Open plan reception room: the living room merges into the dining room across 26.3 square foot

Open plan reception room: the living room merges into the dining room across 26.3 square foot

Open plan reception room: the living room merges into the dining room across 26.3 square foot

And there's even a bidet! The plush white shower-room in the property - although some might lament the lack of a tub to soak in

And there's even a bidet! The plush white shower-room in the property - although some might lament the lack of a tub to soak in

And there’s even a bidet! The plush white shower-room in the property – although some might lament the lack of a tub to soak in

Peter Wetherell, Chief Executive of Wetherell, said the unique roof terrace was a perfect safe haven for the social distancing era

Peter Wetherell, Chief Executive of Wetherell, said the unique roof terrace was a perfect safe haven for the social distancing era

Peter Wetherell, Chief Executive of Wetherell, said the unique roof terrace was a perfect safe haven for the social distancing era

He said: ‘In this age of COVID-19 and safeguarding buyers are wanting homes with an abudance of outside space where they can relax, exercise and socialise whilst maintaining safeguarding and social distancing. 

‘Opening onto the largest roofgarden in London’s West End, this unique apartment at Grosvenor Hill Court is the only home in Mayfair where you can walk out directly onto a green which is large enough for relaxation, socialising and a range of leisure activities.’ 

Alongside the expensive price tag, there’s also a service charge of £2,385 per quarter – over £,9000 a year – for keeping communal facilities and the roof terrace in tip-top condition.  

Sixties chic: The heavily modernist property was designed to bring flair and modernity to the traditional buildings of Mayfair

Sixties chic: The heavily modernist property was designed to bring flair and modernity to the traditional buildings of Mayfair

Sixties chic: The heavily modernist property was designed to bring flair and modernity to the traditional buildings of Mayfair

In the building below, one of London's leading galleries, the 18,000 sqft Gagosian Gallery, hosts some of the world's most important pieces of art

In the building below, one of London's leading galleries, the 18,000 sqft Gagosian Gallery, hosts some of the world's most important pieces of art

In the building below, one of London’s leading galleries, the 18,000 sqft Gagosian Gallery, hosts some of the world’s most important pieces of art

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The family of a man who died after his neck was broken during a violent arrest in Texas are suing the authorities in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Jorge Gonzalez Zuniga, a 23-year-old father and husband, was celebrating Easter at a BBQ with friends in Hidalgo County on April 11.

At some point during the celebration Zuniga fell asleep in his friend’s yard. Police who were patrolling the area saw Zuniga, woke him up and told him to go home.

During the arrest, Zuniga was pepper sprayed, tased multiple times, pushed to the ground, had his neck crushed, and was handcuffed and placed in ankle restraints.

After being booked and his mugshot was taken – with cops holding up his head –  Zuniga was found unresponsive in his cell and had a severe cervical fracture, a swollen spinal cord and was paralyzed. 

He died in the hospital in July and now his family is seeking justice. 

Jorge Gonzalez Zuniga, a 23-year-old father and husband, died after his neck was broken during a violent arrest on April 11 in Texas

Jorge Gonzalez Zuniga, a 23-year-old father and husband, died after his neck was broken during a violent arrest on April 11 in Texas

Jorge Gonzalez Zuniga, a 23-year-old father and husband, died after his neck was broken during a violent arrest on April 11 in Texas

Mugshots taken afterwards reveal that he was unable to hold up his own head and substantial swelling is clearly visible in a side profile image

Mugshots taken afterwards reveal that he was unable to hold up his own head and substantial swelling is clearly visible in a side profile image

Mugshots taken afterwards reveal that he was unable to hold up his own head and substantial swelling is clearly visible in a side profile image

Mugshots taken afterwards reveal that he was unable to hold up his own head and substantial swelling is clearly visible in a side profile image

Mugshots taken afterwards reveal that he was unable to hold up his own head and substantial swelling is clearly visible in a side profile image

He was taken to the hospital where doctors found he had a severe cervical fracture, a swollen spinal cord and was a quadriplegic. The prosecution alleges he was 'pushed to the ground, had his neck crushed, was handcuffed and placed in ankle restraints'

He was taken to the hospital where doctors found he had a severe cervical fracture, a swollen spinal cord and was a quadriplegic. The prosecution alleges he was 'pushed to the ground, had his neck crushed, was handcuffed and placed in ankle restraints'

He was taken to the hospital where doctors found he had a severe cervical fracture, a swollen spinal cord and was a quadriplegic. The prosecution alleges he was ‘pushed to the ground, had his neck crushed, was handcuffed and placed in ankle restraints’

‘Mr. Zuniga followed their commands and started to go home’ but officers then decided to arrest him for public intoxication and disobeying COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, two minor, non-violent misdemeanors that were both later dismissed, according to the legal complaint filed by attorneys representing Mr. Zuniga’s bereaved mother, wife and baby son,’ the prosecution states. 

According to a statement from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office: ‘Mr. Zuniga refused to cooperate and became physically agitated, verbally abusive, and strongly resisted efforts to be taken into custody.’

During the course of the arrest, Zuniga was pepper sprayed and tased multiple times.

The prosecution alleges he was ‘pushed to the ground, had his neck crushed, was handcuffed and placed in ankle restraints.

‘At one point he was intentionally tripped and when he would not get up while still fully shackled, he was tased.’

After the violent arrest, Zuniga was placed in the patrol car and transported to the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center.

Mugshots taken afterwards reveal that he was unable to hold up his own head and substantial swelling is clearly visible in a side profile image.

‘Despite the obvious injuries, including a large swollen neck, cuts and contusions, the jail officials acted with deliberate indifference and at no time sent Mr. Zuniga for medical evaluation or treatment. Instead, he was thrown into the ‘drunk tank’ and left alone,’ the legal complaint, filed by Thomas J. Henry Law, a personal injury attorney in Austin, Texas, says.

Jorge Zuniga's grieving wife Johana Zuniga said: 'My husband and I were parents of a one-year-old baby - my husband didn't deserve to be treated in such an unfair way. We only ask for justice because of the pain that my family and I feel will not be taken away'

Jorge Zuniga's grieving wife Johana Zuniga said: 'My husband and I were parents of a one-year-old baby - my husband didn't deserve to be treated in such an unfair way. We only ask for justice because of the pain that my family and I feel will not be taken away'

Jorge Zuniga’s grieving wife Johana Zuniga said: ‘My husband and I were parents of a one-year-old baby – my husband didn’t deserve to be treated in such an unfair way. We only ask for justice because of the pain that my family and I feel will not be taken away’

Zuniga's sister spoke about her brother after announcing that she and her family are suing the authorities in a wrongful death lawsuit

Zuniga's sister spoke about her brother after announcing that she and her family are suing the authorities in a wrongful death lawsuit

Zuniga’s sister spoke about her brother after announcing that she and her family are suing the authorities in a wrongful death lawsuit

'My husband was a hardworking man, and his son was his world for him. My son will not be able to know his dad, nor be able to call someone dad,' Zuniga's wife said, pictured with their son

'My husband was a hardworking man, and his son was his world for him. My son will not be able to know his dad, nor be able to call someone dad,' Zuniga's wife said, pictured with their son

‘My husband was a hardworking man, and his son was his world for him. My son will not be able to know his dad, nor be able to call someone dad,’ Zuniga’s wife said, pictured with their son 

The lawsuit reads: ‘Mr. Zuniga was left in his cell for over twenty-one hours without any medical attention.

‘Finally…twenty-one hours after his booking, someone at the jail checked on him. He was found to be non-responsive.’

Zuniga was then taken to the McAllen Heart Hospital and then the McAllen Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with ‘a severe cervical fracture, a swollen spinal cord and was a quadriplegic,’ according to the lawsuit.

On July 15, Jorge Zuniga died from chronic respiratory failure following a heart attack.

Attorneys allege that his injuries and untimely death were due to the ‘absolute deliberate and unconscionable indifference of the deputies and the jail staff.’ 

Zuniga’s grieving wife Johana Zuniga said: ‘My husband and I were parents of a one-year-old baby – my husband didn’t deserve to be treated in such an unfair way. We only ask for justice because of the pain that my family and I feel will not be taken away.

‘My husband was a hardworking man, and his son was his world for him. My son will not be able to know his dad, nor be able to call someone dad.’

‘They took my companion – the love of my life. I only ask for justice in the name of my husband which is what he deserves and what he asked for before he passed.’

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His family is now suing authorities in a wrongful death lawsuit. A statement from the Sheriff's Office states: 'We are not in possession of the medical records required to confirm the cause of death.

His family is now suing authorities in a wrongful death lawsuit. A statement from the Sheriff's Office states: 'We are not in possession of the medical records required to confirm the cause of death.

His family is now suing authorities in a wrongful death lawsuit. A statement from the Sheriff’s Office states: ‘We are not in possession of the medical records required to confirm the cause of death.

A statement from the Sheriff’s Office states: ‘We are not in possession of the medical records required to confirm the cause of death.

‘Any allegation that a citizen’s rights have been violated is taken seriously and corrective action will be taken when justified.’

Thomas J. Henry, an attorney for Zuniga’s family, said: ‘The way they treated Jorge is utterly inhumane, his spinal injuries were so severe that he was unable to support his own head for the photograph, instead of seeking medical help they threw him in a cell.

‘He was delivered to the hospital with a broken spinal cord.

‘Bear in mind that no one made a complaint about Jorge on the day of the BBQ, he was sleeping in his friend’s yard and this is what happened to him, an arrest, a broken neck, paralysis and death.

‘His family are not doing well. They lost a husband, a son and a father. We intend to get justice for Jorge.’

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Louisville cops were ‘repeatedly told that Breonna Taylor was NOT receiving packages for her ex’

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Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville police in March

Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville police in March

Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville police in March 

Cops investigating Breonna Taylor‘s ex-boyfriend as part of a drugs probe were repeatedly told that she was not receiving suspicious packages for him at her home, but they still listed it in their search warrant and raided it.  

Taylor was shot and killed as three cops returned fire on her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, in March. The cops had broken down her door with a battering ram in the middle of the night as part of an investigation into her previous boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover. 

According to the cops, Taylor’s apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, was crucial to the investigation so it was a warranted raid. They say that Glover was picking up packages at the property earlier in the year and then driving to a known ‘drug house.’

However a newly released report reveals that officers asked the postal service whether or not any suspicious packages were being sent to Taylor’s home and were told no. 

Jamarcus Glover, the ex-boyfriend police were investigating

Jamarcus Glover, the ex-boyfriend police were investigating

Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend who was with her the night she died

Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend who was with her the night she died

Jamarcus Glover, the ex-boyfriend police were investigating. Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend who was with her the night she died

They still insisted on raiding it, even though Taylor had been described as a ‘soft target’ beforehand.

The police wanted to know if Glover was sending any packages to Taylor’s apartment that might have been relevant to their drug investigation, according to WDRB.

He had told them that he had shoes delivered to the address in January.  

Recordings of police interviews about the investigation will be released on Friday. 

Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron had tried to have the release delayed by a week, claiming he needed more time to redact witness names.

The judge gave him until Friday. 

It came after a juror in the case filed a motion to have all of the evidence released.

On Tuesday night, Cameron sought to defend himself ahead of the release of records that the grand jury was shown. 

He has been accused by an unidentified juror of publicly misrepresenting the incident with his submission of evidence and by recommending that only one of the cops should be charged. 

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly

Myles Cosgrove

Myles Cosgrove

Neither Jonathan Mattingly (left) nor Myles Cosgrove (right) have been charged over Taylor’s death 

On Wednesday, his staff claimed they needed more time to redact some of the names involved. They want another week to complete their redactions.  

Brett Hankison is the only cop out of the three who was charged. He was charged with wanton endangerment for a bullet that went into Taylor's neighbor's home

Brett Hankison is the only cop out of the three who was charged. He was charged with wanton endangerment for a bullet that went into Taylor's neighbor's home

Brett Hankison is the only cop out of the three who was charged. He was charged with wanton endangerment for a bullet that went into Taylor’s neighbor’s home

The evidence includes statements from a neighbor who first claimed to have heard the cops announce themselves but then changed their story to say that they didn’t. 

The evidence also includes ‘recordings’ but it’s unclear if those are bodycam recordings or other types of footage.  

On Monday, a juror filed a motion earlier this week to have all of the evidence released to the public. They say they are in turmoil over the fact that Cameron’s office only recommended that one of the cops should be charged with wanton endangerment, letting the two others completely off the hook, and without charging any of them with murder.

Taylor was shot and killed in her home in Louisville in March after three cops – Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove – opened fire on her apartment, where she was asleep with her boyfriend. 

They were executing a no-knock search warrant for her apartment that was part of a drug trafficking probe into her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, at the time. 

Taylor’s boyfriend at the time of her death, Kenneth Walker, awoke to the officers breaking down the door with a battering ram and opened fire. He says they did not announce themselves. The cops returned fire and Taylor was killed in the crossfire.

Despite global outrage over the killing – one of several this year that have  highlighted police brutality against black Americans and sparked protests worldwide – nothing was done to charge the officers until last week when, after a grand jury was convened, Hankison was indicted. 

Cameron’s office say that the two others are justified in returning fire and killing her because Walker opened fire first. 

Daniel Cameron on Tuesday night sought to defend himself ahead of the release of records that the grand jury was shown. He has been accused by an unidentified juror of publicly misrepresenting the case

Daniel Cameron on Tuesday night sought to defend himself ahead of the release of records that the grand jury was shown. He has been accused by an unidentified juror of publicly misrepresenting the case

Daniel Cameron on Tuesday night sought to defend himself ahead of the release of records that the grand jury was shown. He has been accused by an unidentified juror of publicly misrepresenting the case

In an interview on Tuesday night, Cameron said that the jury should have brought murder charges against the other two cops if they wanted to but that his office didn’t because they would never have been able to prove them at trial. 

‘Basically your question is about whether we recommended any murder charges against Cosgrove and Mattingly. 

‘The answer is no. Ultimately, our judgement is that the charge that we could prove at trial beyond a reasonable doubt was for wanton endangerment against Hankison.

‘They are an independent body. 

‘If they wanted to make an assessment about different charges, they could have done that.

‘But our recommendation was that (Jonathan) Mattingly and (Myles) Cosgrove were justified in their acts and their conduct,’ he told WDRB TV. 

The juror spoke through their lawyer to say they were never given the option to charge the other two cops and that they were in ‘turmoil’ over the outcome.  

‘This is something where the juror is not seeking any fame, any acclaim, any money,’ their attorney, Kevin M. Glogower, told The New York Times on Tuesday.    

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Shadow cast by a supermassive black hole supports Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity

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Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity – the idea that gravity is matter warping spacetime- has faced more than 100 years of scrutiny, but a new discovery may hold wait to the physicist’s hypothesis.

Researchers at the University of Arizona uncovered a ‘shadow’ cast by the supermassive black hole, known as M87, which proves Einstein is correct.

The team found the intense gravity of the black hole bent spacetime, thereby ‘acting as a magnifying glass and causing the black hole shadow to appear larger’.

By measuring this distortion, researchers said they found the size of the black hole shadow was consistent with the size predicted by the mathematics of general relativity.

Researchers at the University of Arizona uncovered a 'shadow' cast by the supermassive black hole, known as M87, which proves Einstein is correct. The team found the intense gravity of the black hole bent spacetime, thereby 'acting as a magnifying glass and causing the black hole shadow to appear larger. The bright thin ring seen in blue is the shadow

Researchers at the University of Arizona uncovered a 'shadow' cast by the supermassive black hole, known as M87, which proves Einstein is correct. The team found the intense gravity of the black hole bent spacetime, thereby 'acting as a magnifying glass and causing the black hole shadow to appear larger. The bright thin ring seen in blue is the shadow

Researchers at the University of Arizona uncovered a ‘shadow’ cast by the supermassive black hole, known as M87, which proves Einstein is correct. The team found the intense gravity of the black hole bent spacetime, thereby ‘acting as a magnifying glass and causing the black hole shadow to appear larger. The bright thin ring seen in blue is the shadow

Scientists have been conducted gravitational tests for nearly a century.

During a 1919 solar eclipse, Sir Arthur Eddington observed the first evidence of general relativity was in the displacement of starlight that was seen traveling along the curvature of spacetime caused by the sun’s gravity.

For the recent study, researchers analyzed images of the black hole located in the center of the Messier 87 galaxy, which is 53.49 million light-years away from Earth, to test Einstein’s theory.

This specific black hole is the same one researchers with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) used to create the first-ever image of a black hole in 2019, which was shown as a fiery ring of gas around a dark central – the black hole itself.

By measuring this distortion, researchers said they found the size of the black hole shadow was consistent with the size predicted by the mathematics of general relativity.

By measuring this distortion, researchers said they found the size of the black hole shadow was consistent with the size predicted by the mathematics of general relativity.

By measuring this distortion, researchers said they found the size of the black hole shadow was consistent with the size predicted by the mathematics of general relativity.

The photo was obtained by a network of eight telescopes at high altitudes around the world, as part of the EHT project.

Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity is the idea that gravity is matter warping spacetime

Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity is the idea that gravity is matter warping spacetime

Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity is the idea that gravity is matter warping spacetime

Lia Medeiros, of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in New Jersey, said: ‘This is really just the beginning.

‘We have now shown that it is possible to use an image of a black hole to test the theory of gravity.’

Although a black hole does not give off light, it is surrounded by a hot disc that emits gas around the event horizon, which is what produces the effect of a shadow. 

The first results revealed that the size of the black-hole shadow was consistent with the size predicted by general relativity.

UArizona Steward Theory Fellow Pierre Christian said: ‘At that time, we were not able to ask the opposite question: How different can a gravity theory be from general relativity and still be consistent with the shadow size?’

We wondered if there was anything we could do with these observations in order to cull some of the alternatives.’ 

This specific black hole is the same one researchers with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) used to create the first-ever image of a black hole in 2019, which was shown as a fiery ring of gas around a dark central - the black hole itself.

This specific black hole is the same one researchers with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) used to create the first-ever image of a black hole in 2019, which was shown as a fiery ring of gas around a dark central - the black hole itself.

This specific black hole is the same one researchers with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) used to create the first-ever image of a black hole in 2019, which was shown as a fiery ring of gas around a dark central – the black hole itself. 

Katie Bouman was instrumental in capturing the very first image of a black hole. Here, she shared her achievement on Facebook. Study author Maciek Wielgus is adjacent to Bouman

Katie Bouman was instrumental in capturing the very first image of a black hole. Here, she shared her achievement on Facebook. Study author Maciek Wielgus is adjacent to Bouman

Katie Bouman was instrumental in capturing the very first image of a black hole. Here, she shared her achievement on Facebook. Study author Maciek Wielgus is adjacent to Bouman

The team focused on the range of alternatives that had passed all the previous tests in the solar system.

UArizona astrophysics professor Feryal Özel, a senior member of the EHT collaboration, said: ‘Using the gauge we developed, we showed that the measured size of the black hole shadow in M87 tightens the wiggle room for modifications to Einstein’s theory of general relativity by almost a factor of 500, compared to previous tests in the solar system.’

‘Black hole images provide a completely new angle for testing Einstein’s theory of general relativity,’ said Michael Kramer, director of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy and EHT collaboration member. 

However, the team understands that testing the theory of gravity does not stop here and will be conducting more work to answer a number of questions:Are the general relativity predictions for various astrophysical objects good enough for astrophysicists to not worry about any potential differences or modifications to general relativity?

‘We always say general relativity passed all tests with flying colors – if I had a dime for every time I heard that,’ Özel said. ‘But it is true, when you do certain tests, you don’t see that the results deviate from what general relativity predicts. What we’re saying is that while all of that is correct, for the first time we have a different gauge by which we can do a test that’s 500 times better, and that gauge is the shadow size of a black hole.’

The EHT team is working on gathering higher resolution images using its current telescopes, along with three new ones – the observation is set for sometime next year.

‘When we obtain an image of the black hole at the center of our own galaxy, then we can constrain deviations from general relativity even further,’ Özel said.

BLACK HOLES HAVE A GRAVITATIONAL PULL SO STRONG NOT EVEN LIGHT CAN ESCAPE

Black holes are so dense and their gravitational pull is so strong that no form of radiation can escape them – not even light.

They act as intense sources of gravity which hoover up dust and gas around them. Their intense gravitational pull is thought to be what stars in galaxies orbit around.

How they are formed is still poorly understood. Astronomers believe they may form when a large cloud of gas up to 100,000 times bigger than the sun, collapses into a black hole.

Many of these black hole seeds then merge to form much larger supermassive black holes, which are found at the centre of every known massive galaxy.

Alternatively, a supermassive black hole seed could come from a giant star, about 100 times the sun’s mass, that ultimately forms into a black hole after it runs out of fuel and collapses.

When these giant stars die, they also go ‘supernova’, a huge explosion that expels the matter from the outer layers of the star into deep space. 

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