The First-Ever Image of a Real Black Hole Is Here

The First-Ever Image of a Real Black Hole Is Here

The First-Ever Image of a Real Black Hole Is Here

The supermassive black hole in the photo is 50 million light years away in a galaxy known as M87.

After centuries of wondering and developing technology capable of actually spotting a black hole, the worldwide group of researchers that make up the Event Horizon Telescope project are ready to unveil their findings to the world.

Thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, we now get our first direct look at a supermassive black hole and its shadow.

They created the image of a black hole by compiling data from eight earth-based telescopes positioned around the world.

National Science Foundation (NSF) director France Córdova described the snap as "a huge day in astrophysics".

Doeleman said the image could have been just a blob, but they were thrilled to have captured the donut-like appearance of the accretion disk surrounding the black hole's shadow. The mystique of black holes in the community is very substantial.

More than 13 billion years after they formed, the light that was released to create these distant massive black holes is now reaching our telescopes.

The results were presented simultaneously by researchers in Brussels, Santiago de Chile, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington.

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The scientists said the shape of the shadow would be nearly a ideal circle in Einstein's theory of general relativity, and if it turns out that it is not, there is something wrong with the theory. The same team has gathered even more data on a black hole in the center of our galaxy, but scientists said the object is so jumpy they don't have a good picture yet. They are the densest objects we know of so in most cases it is really hard to resolve them in an image.

And in January 2019, scientists saw the oldest black holes in the universe for the first time.

In a major breakthrough, astronomers on Wednesday unveiled the highly anticipated image which shows a dark core, encircled by a bright orange halo of white-hot gas and plasma.

The black hole depicted in the movie "Interstellar".

But around the edge is the event horizon, which marks the border where light can escape the pull of the black hole.

Most black holes are the condensed remnants of a massive star, the collapsed core that remains following an explosive supernova.

Researchers claim the groundbreaking findings will help further support Einstein's Theory of Relativity, which was first announced in 1915.

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