Scientists Have Revealed the First Photo of a Black Hole

Oscar Cross
April 11, 2019

The globe-spanning network of eight radio telescopes focused on the supermassive monster in the galaxy M87 to create the first-ever picture of a black hole.

Press conferences will be held simultaneously in Brussels (in English), Lyngby (in Danish), Santiago (in Spanish), Shanghai (in Mandarin), Tokyo (in Japanese), Taipei (in Mandarin), and Washington D.C.

The event was introduced by Carlos Moedas, the European commissioner for research, science and innovation, and other researchers who worked on the project.

"We've exposed a part of our universe we've never seen before", said Shep Doeleman, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, "This is a remarkable achievement". "To see the stuff going down the tubes, so to speak, to see it firsthand".

The image helps confirm Einstein's general theory of relativity.

The reveal of the image is a huge milestone for the study of black holes. They represent a point of the universe which is really also the edge of time.

Anticipation is building ahead of the event, which will feature simultaneous press conferences in cities across the world and live streams in different languages. But if a person were to somehow get close to this black hole, it might not look quite like that, astronomers said.

Scientists across the world are very excited about the breakthrough picture.

"It has a gravitational pull strong enough to make stars orbit around it very quickly - as fast as 20 years".

Black holes are "like the walls of a prison".

What you're seeing in the image above is not technically the black hole itself - the singularity in the center is unobservable by any known means because signals can not return after crossing the event horizon boundary.

So, it's not exactly a surprise that Einstein was right about event horizons as well. But the picture wasn't nowhere near as sharp as the depictions of black holes you've seen in movies such as "Interstellar." "And if you are on the other side, you can - in principle".

Black holes are monstrous celestial entities exerting gravitational fields so vicious that no matter or light can escape.

"This can happen when a star is dying".

His team's models found that the jets are generated only if a black hole is spinning. "While we now have good indirect evidence that they exist, getting a direct view of a black hole is the ultimate dream for a lot of physicists".

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