Black hole event horizon: Here is what it looks like

Black hole event horizon: Here is what it looks like

It's about 26,000 light years away, and looks like a tiny dot from Earth, despite having a mass approximately four times that of the sun.

"We have taken the first picture of a black hole", said EHT project director Sheperd S. Doeleman of the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard & Smithsonian.

This particular black hole sits are the center of a galaxy known as Messier 87, 55 million light years from Earth. "The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun".

Black holes are made up of huge amounts of matter squeezed into a very, very small area.

Movies, logos, even the breakfast table: They found black holes everywhere.

On Wednesday we got our first look at a black hole, thanks to an worldwide project of scientists known as the Event Horizon Telescope. "While we now have good indirect evidence that they exist, getting a direct view of a black hole is the ultimate dream for a lot of physicists". Now, researchers hope to learn how a black hole grows and what makes anything orbiting a black hole fall in.

The results were presented simultaneously by researchers in Brussels, Santiago de Chile, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington.


Now, after two years of acquiring and processing the data, the global team of scientists at the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) programme is set to present their "ground-breaking" first results.

This person, who works for Firefox, saw the Firefox logo in the black hole.

A second black hole called M87 in the neighbouring Virgo A galaxy is also being targeted.

This is the first photo ever captured of a black hole. And it could change our view of the universe, revealing some of its most mysterious and fundamental processes. That part, we hope we can see - and that's what the new image should show us.

Even though a black hole itself is not visible directly, it is thought to be surrounded by dust and gas swirling around it at velocities near the speed of light, which causes the emission of radiation that is detectable.

The fact that black holes do not allow light to escape makes viewing them hard.

The object of the astronomers' attention, Sagittarius A*, is a supermassive black hole located at the center of the Milky Way.

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