Remarkable photo of black hole released in astrophysics breakthrough

Remarkable photo of black hole released in astrophysics breakthrough

This image released Wednesday, April 10, 2019, by Event Horizon Telescope shows a black hole. And for the first time in history, it has shown us what a black hole around 55 million light years away looks like.

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

The data used to create the image could help scientists better understand gravity and other phenomena, said Charles Gammie, an astronomy and physics professor at the University of IL.

The team focused on "the relatively small but "nearby" supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy and the distant, but extremely massive, black hole at the center of the galaxy M87", Adam Frank wrote about the team's work in late 2017.

Astrophysicist Dimitrios Psaltis of the University of Arizona, the EHT project scientist, said, "The size and shape of the shadow matches the precise predictions of Einstein's general theory of relativity, increasing our confidence in this century-old theory". Each one used a different technique to process the data, ensuring we see an accurate representation of the black hole's event horizon. What we got is the image you see above. It's so strong that light can't escape from them. It was there that they found a black hole about seven billion times more massive than the sun, unleashing a violent jet of energy some 5,000 light-years into space. It took more than 200 researchers and eight telescopes around the world to create the picture.




The world is going to hear a major black hole news on Wednesday. The black hole itself is within the event horizon.

The black hole sits at the center of galaxy Messier 87, located almost 55 million light-years away from Earth, and has a mass 6.5 billion times bigger than the sun. Nearly every galaxy in the universe has a black hole at its center, including our Milky Way, he said.

Those facts led astronomers to surmise that M87 hosts an active supermassive black hole in its center, and the newly released images seem to confirm that.

The Event Horizon Telescope is a network of individual observatories located in several countries, working together and combining their power to peer as far into space as possible.

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