Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

First ever picture of a black hole

First ever picture of a black hole

The proven fact that black holes don't permit lightweight to flee makes viewing them tough.

The images obtained on April 10th proved that the Event Horizon Telescope network is usable and practical.

"We have a lot of evidence that the theory of gravity works really well in our solar system, but this new image provides a direct test of our theory of gravity in the extreme environment around a supermassive black hole", he said. More than 200 researchers from around the world worked together to capture the picture, a visual representation of radio data collected by the global telescope array, known as the Event Horizon Telescope.

By now, you're asking why they did not take a look at our very own galaxy's black hole, Sagittarius A, which is less than half the distance away (if not asking, you should be).

"This is the first time we have a visual image of the region so close to the black hole event horizon (a point of no return)". Here on Planet Earth, the reflective glow of the photo brought to mind one of the 1990s biggest songs: Soundgarden's 1994 hit "Black Hole Sun".

Walsh says that the image's significance goes beyond viral internet content: this image, and how close astronomers were able to get to the black hole, help confirm theories about relativity, specifically, Albert Einstein's. "We're seeing the unseeable". "It could have easily have happened that the picture was much less clear and symmetric".

"Seeing a black hole, or rather, its shadow, for the first time, is a huge scientific accomplishment and success for fundamental science".

"I was totally in awe of the technical accomplishment, and a little humbled to actually see a major prediction of general relativity right before my eyes".

So although there is a never-ending supply of politically-based black hole metaphors (like the gap between Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's brain and her mouth), nothing beats the real thing.

"Imaging a black hole is just the beginning of our effort to develop new tools that will enable us to interpret the massively complex data that nature gives us", Psaltis added.

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