THE GALACTIC CENTER

REINHARD GENZEL, ANDREAS ECKART, ALFRED KRABBE

Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Postfach 1603, D-85740 Garching, Germany

Seventeenth Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology

Volume 759 of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

September 30, 1995


ABSTRACT

The Galactic center is a superb laboratory of modern astrophysics where astronomers can study at unprecedented spatial resolution and across the entire electromagnetic spectrum physical processes that may also happen at the cores of other galaxies. Following a brief review of the phenomena observed in the central few hundred parsecs, we discuss two main issues in more detail. The source(s) of luminosity in the central parsec and the nature of the compact radio source SgrA*, the most likely candidate for a massive central black hole.


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