International Scientific Teams Unveils First Photo of Black Hole



An global team of scientists shared the first image of a supermassive black hole captured by the Event Horizon Telescope on Wednesday morning.

The research was conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, an worldwide collaboration involving about 200 scientists begun in 2012 to try to directly observe the immediate environment of a black hole.

Stitched together based on data compiled from eight telescopes located around the world, the picture shows a supermassive black hole, which scientists say has a mass about six billion times that of our sun, in a section of the M87 galaxy approximately 53 million light years away from Earth.

A group of astronomers on Wednesday announced that for the first time an image of a black hole had been captured.

Event Horizon 'Scope tweeted the news earlier today alongside the recently acquired photo, which you can check out below!

The photo shows a bright ring of superheated gasses falling into the perfectly circular hole, which is the event horizon beyond which not even light can escape. The outside rim, or better known as the "event horizon" is a mixture of radiation, dust particles and gases, all of which are stuck in the vast gravitational pull of the black hole and are rotating in a clockwise fashion. Until then, we'll be admiring this dark abyss in all its emo glory.

BNOW: The image of the M87 black hole is said to confirm predictions made by Einstein's theory of general relativity (GR).

Black holes are invisible, but scientists know they are present because of the effect they have on other things in a galaxy.

Creating the virtual telescope EHT was a formidable challenge which required upgrading and connecting a worldwide network of radio telescopes deployed at a variety of challenging high-altitude sites, including volcanoes in Hawaii and Mexico, mountains in Arizona and the Spanish Sierra Nevada, the Chilean Atacama Desert, and Antarctica.

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What is a black hole?

The measurements are taken at a wavelength the human eye can not see, so the astronomers added color to the image.

The Event Horizon Telescope does not look like any sort of traditional telescope you are picturing.

What is a black hole?

Evidence suggests that every large galaxy contains a supermassive black hole at its center, which influences how that galaxy is formed and grows.

"We have achieved something presumed to be impossible just a generation ago", said EHT project director Sheperd S. Doeleman. Obtaining an image of a black hole is not as easy as snapping a photo with an ordinary camera. This monumental feat has been made possible by EHT's eight ground-based radio telescopes positioned throughout the world, coming together in an worldwide collaboration.

"We've been at this so long that there's such a buildup", he said.

This twisting motion causes them to release photons, which is the main source of emission from matter close to the black hole.

'We now have an entirely new way of discovering black holes that we've never had before, and like all new discoveries this is just the beginning'.

Researchers from 40 countries, including astrophysicist Avery Broderick from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ont., were involved in creating the photograph over a four-day period in 2017.

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