What happened to the missing stars in the heart of the Milky Way?

Observations by the Keck Observatory in Hawaii have shown that stars orbiting the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy are mysteriously missing their binary companions.

Stars often come with multiples. In the vicinity of our sun, part of binary star systems It stands at 70%, which means that out of every 100 stars, 70 are in binary systems. For massive stars, this part is even higher, as almost all of them come as doubles or triplets.

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