It’s Finally here. The First Ever Image of a Black Hole

Universe Today | 4/10/2019 | Staff
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“We have taken the first picture of a black hole.”

EHT project director Sheperd S. Doeleman of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian.

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What was once un-seeable can now be seen. Black holes, those difficult-to-understand singularities that may reside at the center of every galaxy, are becoming seeable. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has revealed the first-ever image of a black hole, and with this image, and all the science behind it, they may help crack open one of the biggest mysteries in the Universe.

The black hole in this image resides at the center of M87, a massive galaxy that’s in the Virgo cluster of galaxies. Called M87* (M87-star), it’s a behemoth, at about 6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun. M87* is about 55 million light years from Earth. For now we only have this picture of M87*, but pictures of our very own black hole, Sagittarius A* at the center of the Milky Way, are still coming.

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This may be the worst kept secret of the past couple weeks. Ever since the EHT said they would be announcing some important results, the excitement has built.

“This is an extraordinary scientific feat accomplished by a team of more than 200 researchers.“

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EHT project director Sheperd S. Doeleman of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian.

“We have taken the first picture of a black hole,” said EHT project director Sheperd S. Doeleman of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. “This is an extraordinary scientific feat accomplished by a team of more than 200 researchers.“

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The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. The first image is of M87* at the center of the M87 galaxy. Image Credit: EHT Collaboration.

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