Black Hole Observed for the First Time Ever

The first image of a black hole

The first image of a black hole

The first ever photo a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes, conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, to gain insight into celestial objects with gravitational fields so strong no matter or light can escape, is shown in this handout photo released April 10, 2019.

Multiple calibration and imaging methods were used to reveal a ring-like structure with a dark central region - the black hole's shadow - that persisted over seven consecutive days of observation, Asada explained.

It's a cosmic first - visual proof of the supermassive black hole.

Black holes, phenomenally dense and coming in various sizes, are extraordinarily hard to observe by their very nature.

"If astrophysics really managed to see the event horizon of a black hole - and, judging by today's statements this is just the case - it means that our understanding of the Universe, of the Relativity Theory and physical laws is correct".

For the first time, we are seeing an image of one of the most mysterious and fascinating corners of the universe: a black hole with 6.5 billion times the mass of our sun.

That's why the Event Horizon Telescope combined measurements from radio observatories on four separate continents.

The concept of black holes has captivated scientists for two centuries.

"We've been hunting this for a long time", said Jessica Dempsey, a co-discoverer and deputy director of the East Asian Observatory in Hawaii.

Researchers said in a statement that the EHT project created an Earth-sized "virtual telescope" to capture the highest possible image quality. And a quick glance will show you that it doesn't look anything like Gargantua, the black hole in the movie Interstellar.

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Black holes are so far away from us, and the biggest of them like M87 is "about the size of an orange on the Moon", Harvard astrophysical professor Andrew Strominger told Xinhua.

The kind of supermassive black hole imaged by the EHT is thought to exist at the centers of most galaxies.

But, through worldwide collaboration and an array of instruments, the team built a virtual telescope essentially as large as Earth itself, allowing them to peer into Messier 87, which lies 55 million light years away, to see the black hole at its center.

The light in the photograph was added in by scientists because the picture was taken at a wavelength the human eye can not see.

One of the most freaky celestial objects ever discovered has been captured in a photograph for the very first time.

Messier 87's black hole is just one of two researchers are pursuing.

Even though the data was first gathered in 2017, it required a huge effort to produce the image released on Wednesday. "Something I've been working on for many, many years, trying to build a physical model of a black hole environment and predictions, and the opportunity to study the hearts of black holes is unbelievable". Sagittarius A* possesses 4 million times the mass of our sun and is located 26,000 light-years from Earth.

The Black hole itself is, in fact, even for the best telescopes in the invisible. Even with that, it is the biggest black hole silhouette in the sky.

Those images were so good that scientists at first anxious that it was just too good to be true, Boston University's Marscher said.

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