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First ever image of a black hole revealed

By T.K. Randall
April 10, 2019 · Comment icon 51 comments

Never seen before - the first ever image of a black hole. Image Credit: EHT
In a major breakthrough, astronomers have achieved the impossible by capturing an image of a distant black hole.
This particular supermassive black hole, which measures a staggering 40 billion km across, is located at the center of the distant Messier 87 galaxy which lies approximately 55 million light years away.

The 'ring of fire' surrounding the black hole is caused by dust and gas falling in to its center.

The object is so bright that it puts out more light than all the stars in its host galaxy combined.
The image itself was captured using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) - a network of eight radio telescopes situated around the world.

"Black holes are the most mysterious objects in the universe," said EHT director Sheperd Doeleman. "We have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have taken a picture of a black hole."

The groundbreaking image will help to revolutionize our understanding of these enigmatic objects.

For astrophysicists, these are exciting times indeed.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (51)




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Comment icon #42 Posted by Susanc241 5 years ago
Thanks for that, and Aquila Kings images.  Makes more sense to me now and I hadn’t picked up on it was made from a series of images.  Amazing, anyway.
Comment icon #43 Posted by Still Waters 5 years ago
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Comment icon #44 Posted by L.A.T.1961 5 years ago
I have to say I am a bit worried about the algorithm, I watch the UK bbc4 program on this last night and how they were adjusting the algorithms on test data, they had more than one algorithm to try, and they appeared to asses the performance of the tweaked output based on how close the result was to their idea of what it should look like.   If this is the case then it is not ideal science practice.  
Comment icon #45 Posted by cyclopes500 5 years ago
http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/dante_alighieri/poems/39.html Inferno (English) by Dante Alighieri  
Comment icon #46 Posted by Nnicolette 5 years ago
 
Comment icon #47 Posted by docyabut2 5 years ago
 To make it simple we just recently discovered we have a black hole in our galaxy:) and the out line has a sucken in, so could be billions of years our planet can be sucked in  he thinks the universe is connected to another universe, but I`d like to think it was heaven
Comment icon #48 Posted by docyabut2 5 years ago
To me I`ve read many people that have a out of body experiences of dying, claim they see of going through a black hole, or being sucked through a  black hole unafraid but back. Of course science says it just a eye vision. but  I would love to think it was a into another universe of heaven.")
Comment icon #49 Posted by Rlyeh 5 years ago
I thought it was a tunnel of light not a black hole?
Comment icon #50 Posted by Nnicolette 5 years ago
Yeah thats what i saw when i had a nde... Darkness all around and one circular bright light like a tunnel/portal. I guess that could be the black hole from a different perspective. Or the sun. 
Comment icon #51 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 5 years ago
Depends on where you are going. 


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