Scientists share first-ever closeup photo of a black hole


No single telescope is powerful enough to capture an image of a black hole, one of the star-devouring entities scattered throughout the universe and obscured by impenetrable shields of gravity.

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

The massive black hole in the photo released Wednesday is 50 million light years away at the center of a galaxy known as M87. Both black holes, which might be shown on Wednesday fall into the latter category.

'We now have visual evidence for a black hole, ' Doeleman said. Einstein a century ago even predicted the symmetrical shape that scientists just found, she said. No - it's a black hole!

Much as a black hole's gravitational pull sucks in everything nearby, in the animation, the "Google" letters are stretched thin and then swallowed by the inexorable tug of a black hole positioned at the center.

This is the first-ever image of a black hole. The size of the shadow allows us to determine the mass of the black hole as 6.5-billion times that of the Sun.

"If astrophysics really managed to see the event horizon of a black hole - and, judging by today's statements this is just the case - it means that our understanding of the Universe, of the Relativity Theory and physical laws is correct".

Black holes are not easy to capture on camera because they are surrounded by thick dust material and extremely hot gases.

In a historic breakthrough, an worldwide team of scientists has announced that they've captured the first-ever image of a black hole.

What is a black hole?

Markoff said the team has not started a full analysis of the image and that it will help researchers create models to understand what exactly happens around black holes.

He added, "This makes us confident about the interpretation of our observations, including our estimation of the black hole's mass".

The project's researchers obtained the first data in April 2017 using radio telescopes in the US states of Arizona and Hawaii as well as in Mexico, Chile, Spain and Antarctica.

The news conference slated at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. shall be presided over by France Córdova, head of the National Science Foundation. We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole.

The EHT observations use a technique called very-long-baseline interferometry (VLBI) that can synchronise telescope facilities around the world and exploit the rotation of our planet to form one huge, Earth-size telescope, enough to read a newspaper in NY from a sidewalk cafe in Paris.

"For 25 years this was always a dream, a fiction, an expectation", Heino Falcke, an astronomer at Radboud University in the Netherlands and one of the EHT scientists, told NBC News MACH in an email.

Despite the sharpened tool and hard work, Doeleman still called the image-taking kind of a "coincidence". "Something I've been working on for many, many years, trying to build a physical model of a black hole environment and predictions, and the opportunity to study the hearts of black holes is wonderful".

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More radio observatories are scheduled to join the ETH network soon. "I think two or three people [from the team of scientists] are obvious candidates [for the Nobel Prize], this is one of the most complicated experiments in physics".