3 astrophysicists share Nobel Prize in Physics for black hole discoveries

3 astrophysicists share Nobel Prize in Physics for black hole discoveries

The 2020 Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to Roger Penrose for black hole discovery and Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for finding “a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy.”

The three laureates share the current year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for their discoveries about one of the most fascinating wonders known to humankind, the black hole, the Nobel committee said.

Roger Penrose created innovative mathematical strategies to investigate Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. He demonstrated that the theory prompts the development of black holes, those giants in space and time that captures everything that enters them.

Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez found that an invisible and immensely heavy object impacts the orbits of stars at the center of our galaxy. A supermassive black hole is the only known clarification.

Last year’s prize went to Canadian-born cosmologist James Peebles for theoretical work about the early moments after the Big Bang, and Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for discovering a planet outside our solar system.

The esteemed award accompanies a gold medal and prize cash of 10 million Swedish kronor (more than $1.1 million).

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