Congratulations to the Nobel Prize winners in Physics in 2020. The prize was divided, one half awarded to Roger Penrose for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity, the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.

With Reinhard Genzel, there is now another Nobel Prize winner in Physics on the Garching research campus. Genzel is one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. Together with Andrea Ghez, he discovered a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy. The two researchers found out that an invisible and extremely heavy object dominates the orbits of the stars at the center of our galaxy. A supermassive black hole is the only currently known explanation.

Illustrations: Niklas Elmehed. © Nobel Media.