International Scientific Teams Unveils First Photo of Black Hole

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The image, which has been praised by scientists as an "amazing accomplishment", was captured by an worldwide network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope, according to NASA.

The very first image of a real-life black hole is on its way tomorrow thanks to the science and technology of the Event Horizon Telescope. The other is an even bigger black hole 53.7 million light years away in another galaxy, M87.

Pinpointing the location of an accretion disc is the key to mapping the black hole it orbits.

But scientists say they were able to produce the new image from data collected from a series of radio telescopes around the world.


The black holes are expected to appear "as a tiny shadow backlit by the glow of radio energy at the galactic center". "Here it is. This is the strongest evidence that we have to date for the existence of black holes", Doeleman stated, before passing the floor to Netherlands astronomer Heino Falcke.

The astronomers said they weren't surprised by anything in the image, which reconfirms Einstein's general relativity theory.

The picture will be the first time an image has been snapped of the mysterious, swirling phenomenon deep in our galaxy.

The much anticipated image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole. What you're actually seeing is one of the most powerful forces in the universe sucking in everything around it, and it's just the beginning for the Event Horizon Telescope. What we got is the image you see above.


The supermassive black hole, known as a quasar, is growing so fast it can devour a mass the size of the sun every two days.

Researchers said that Sagittarius A* was too "active" to capture a clear picture, but the M87 blackhole - which measures 40 billion km across - was more photogenic.

Three years ago, scientists used highly sensitive observing equipment to pick up the sound of two smaller black holes coming together to create a gravitational wave. It also helps to unlock the mystery of black holes.

The picture, released first in a scientific journal, shows a supermassive black hole at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy, which can be seen in the Virgo constellation through a telescope from Earth.


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