Black hole image released by scientists in world first

The first image of a black hole

Now, thanks to hundreds of scientists and researchers, we have an official first look at an actual snapshot of a black hole!

It looked like a flaming orange, yellow and black ring. "Here it is", said Sheperd Doeleman of Harvard.

Jessica Dempsey is deputy director of the East Asian Observatory in Hawaii and a co-discoverer in the project.

The existence of black holes has always been taken for granted because of the severe effect their gravity has on the orbits of stars in the galactic core. The outside rim, or better known as the "event horizon" is a mixture of radiation, dust particles and gases, all of which are stuck in the huge gravitational pull of the black hole and are rotating in a clockwise fashion.

"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", Psaltis said.

Outside scientists suggested the achievement could be worthy of a Nobel, just like the gravitational wave discovery.

Those images were so good that scientists at first anxious that it was just too good to be true, Boston University's Marscher said.

WARDLE: What is extraordinary is that GR, first published 100 years ago, appears to be an exactly correct description of the physical world we live in, whatever tests we subject it to.

One of the most common black hole comparisons was to the Eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings films. "I am also a part of the data processing and imaging teams, so I was heavily involved in processing/validating/checking the data and turning them into the images". This observation is a test of "strong gravity", where the differences are large and observable. She led a team of researchers to create an algorithm that would lead to the first real image of a black hole. This is why [the National Science Foundation] exists. He announced the image discovery. This is known as the black hole's shadow or silhouette.

"There's much more to learn and much to improve, like the inclusion of new telescopes such as the Greenland telescope to achieve better image quality", he said. But the person would never be seen from again.

Does a black hole seem like the internet's usual meme fodder?

In a breakthrough that thrilled the world of astrophysics and stirred talk of a Nobel Prize, scientists released the first image ever made of a black hole, revealing a fiery doughnut-shaped object in a galaxy 53 million light-years from Earth. A light year is the distance that light can travel in one year. "It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun".

The project has also targeted another black hole - Sagittarius A* - situated at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy.

Usually, radio telescopes will receive information from outer space at differing times due to lags caused by the Earth's atmosphere but Bouman developed a solution using an equation that uses the information from three telescopes at a time to cancel out delays caused by atmospheric noise.



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