The Download: Europe’s ambitious AI Act, and picturing our galaxy’s black hole

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—Melissa Heikkilä

This is the first image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy

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It might not look like much, but this blurry orange-and-black picture is the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, which has been pictured for the first time.

Although the black hole itself, known as Sagittarius A*, is entirely dark, it’s encircled by a bright ring of glowing gas that’s been warped by its own gravity. It was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, the same global team that took the famous first-ever picture of a black hole inside the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy in 2019. Read the full story.

—Rhiannon Williams

Quote of the day

“I want to return to my family – and not in a casket.”

—Dmitri, a Russian soldier, explains why he refused to rejoin the invasion of Ukraine once back on Russian soil to The Guardian.

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