First black hole picture released

Scientists released the first-ever

Scientists released the first-ever

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

The Event Horizon Telescope has become the first ever to take an image of a supermassive black hole.

The "monster" black hole measures 40 billion kilometers (~25 billion miles) across - that's almost 29,000 Suns - and is located 500 million trillion kilometers (~311 million trillion miles) away at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy, a massive galaxy in the "nearby" Virgo galaxy cluster.

Capturing the image wasn't an easy process though: Astronomers had to observe Messier 87, where a black hole that's roughly seven billion times larger than the sun, is generating a violent jet approximately 5,000 light-years into space.

Black holes are phenomenally dense celestial entities with gravitational fields so powerful no matter or light can escape, making them extraordinarily hard to observe despite their great mass.

Feeling a tug from the black hole's strong gravitational field doesn't automatically mean the photons will disappear into the black hole, Broderick explained.

As we expected, the global collaboration of scientists involved in the Event Horizon Telescope project have made good on their promise to provide the first-ever visual evidence of a black hole.

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Three years ago MIT grad student led the creation of a new algorithm to produce the first-ever image of a black hole.

The Event Horizon Telescope does not look like any sort of traditional telescope you are picturing. "Yet, with more observations like this one, they are yielding their secrets", Dr. France A. Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), said during a Wednesday news conference in Washington D.C.

"The millimetric range - measured in thousandths of a meter - turns out to be the best wavelength to investigate black holes because the waves pass through the dust clouds that enshroud them". This first image of a supermassive black hole nearly certainly will be improved upon in years to come. But the most important part of this photo is where there is no light.

Black holes are extremely dense pockets of matter with incredible mass and minuscule volume.

What do we see in the image? .

The project also targeted another black hole - Sagittarius A* is situated at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy - but did not announce any pictures of that one, though scientists expressed optimism about getting such an image. This is known as the black hole's shadow or silhouette.

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