Ever photo of a black hole released

Ever photo of a black hole released

At 9 a.m. Eastern Time today, a team of astronomers that has run a network of radio telescopes known as the Event Horizon Telescope is expected to reveal the long-awaited pictures of two putative black holes. And that gravity creates a funhouse effect where you see light from both behind the black hole and behind you as the light curves and circles around the black hole itself, said astronomer Avi Loeb, director of the Black Hole Initiative at Harvard.

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

Through the span of seven days in April 2017, EHT space experts on four landmasses facilitated their endeavors to mention objective facts of the supermassive black hole. "Correlators" were designed and built for that goal, one of which was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the Event Horizon Telescope and another by the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, for the other group collaborating in the project, the GMVA.

"We are delighted to be able to report to you today that we have seen what we thought was unseeable".

Much as a black hole's gravitational pull sucks in everything nearby, in the animation, the "Google" letters are stretched thin and then swallowed by the inexorable tug of a black hole positioned at the center.

In order to understand this, one needs to recall that, even though the M87 black hole is a monster (about 40 million kilometers across), it lies at 55 million light-years (520 billion billion kilometers).


On Wednesday, Einstein's predictions about the shape and glow of a big black hole proved right, and astronomer after astronomer paid homage to the master. Now, however, a global team of researchers has finally captured an image of a black hole, revealing the distant object in stunning detail. It has a mass 6.5 billion times greater than Earth's sun.

Using 8 extremely powerful radio-telescopes, set up on 5 continents, numerous specialists and having processed hundreds of gigabytes of data, the humanity snapped a very important shot. Completing the image was an enormous undertaking, involving an worldwide team of scientists, supercomputers and hundreds of terabytes of data.

Dimitrios Psaltis called the image "the eureka place". He said the new picture provides strong evidence to support Albert Einstein's theories relating to the laws of gravity.

The breakthrough adds major support for Einstein's theory of General Relativity and could help to answer longstanding questions on the nature of black holes. The material rotating around toward us appears brighter, confirming that aspect of Einstein's calculations.

Some black holes are inactive, but not this one, she said. If you were to look at the entire galaxy from its face, you'd quickly see our dilemma: The dot labeled "Sun" is where our solar system resides in the galaxy, riding the edge of one of the Milky Way's long, curved arms. We saw something so true. And if we can measure it, not only is it a super-interesting test of this weird regime of relativity, it also tells you really cool information. "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".

Black holes are spatial phenomena that have tickled human curiosity for quite some time.

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