The compact radio source Sgr A* is associated with a 3.6 million black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The radio source was discovered in February 1974 by Bruce Balick and Robert L.Brown. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Green Bank 35 km radio link interferometer was used. We discuss other observations in the years 1965-1985 as well as early VLBI observations. The name Sgr A* was used for the first time in 1982 by Robert L.Brown and has become the accepted name in the intervening years.
Astronomische Nachrichten Supplement
- Pub Date:
- September 2003
- 8 pages,2 figures. Conference proceedings: "The central 300 parsecs of the Milky Way", editors A.Cotera, H.Falcke, T.R.Geballe, S.Markoff