This is the first ever photo of a black hole

This is the first ever photo of a black hole

This is the first ever photo of a black hole

Scientists released the first-ever image made of a black hole, revealing a fiery doughnut-shaped object in a galaxy 53 million light-years from Earth, on Wednesday, April 10.

The image shows clearly the expected "shadow" of the black hole against the glow of orbiting hot gas. We now know for sure what a black hole looks like. Specifically, researchers looked at the event horizon, the outer limits of where light can no longer escape the intense gravity of the black hole.

Using a "virtual telescope" built from eight radio observatories positioned at different points on the globe, the global team has spent the last few years probing Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way, and another target called M87 in the Virgo cluster of galaxies. "Nowhere is this more true than in the case of black holes", he said.

WASHINGTON-Humanity got its first glimpse Wednesday of the cosmic place of no return: a black hole.

Taken over four days when astronomers had "to have the ideal weather all across the world and literally all the stars had to align", the image helps confirm Einstein's general relativity theory, Dempsey said.

"Obtaining the same mass from two independent methods boost the confidence that we the black hole hunters are indeed on the right track", said Ma.

He said: "The history of man and of science will be divided into the time before the image and the time after the image".

However, Kevin wasn't the only one who was involved! There was also a group of astronomers from University Malaya (UM) who were part of the worldwide team consisting of about 200 people.

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Trying to see our galaxy's own black hole is like trying to see the center of a vast forest while standing along its fringe.

But we're not looking at the black hole completely head on, and that's the origin of the other main difference. "We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole", announced Sheperd Doeleman of Harvard, leader of the project. That's a simple difference to explain-initial evidence shows that we're viewing M87's black hole from closer to one of the poles, rather than from head on.

But wait, we live in the Milky Way galaxy, and at the center of it is what scientist believe is a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A*.

"X-rays help us connect what's happening to the particles near the event horizon with what we can measure with our telescopes", Joey Neilsen, an astronomer at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, who led the Chandra and NuSTAR analysis on behalf of the EHT's Multiwavelength Working Group, said in a statement.

One of the most weird celestial objects ever discovered has been captured in a photograph for the very first time.

The M87 galaxy is a supergiant about 55 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo.

Doeleman recalled how he worked with Chinese researchers to build data-analyzing algorithms, to de-blur the image and to contribute to the VLBI technique. The states that had their share of success include Great Britain, Russia, China, Germany, United States, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan and many others. Even with that, it is the biggest black hole silhouette in the sky.

If the data is collected at the same time, scientists can use it to produce an image.

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