Scientists reveal first photo of black hole

Christopher Davidson
April 12, 2019

At a coordinated press conference across the globe, researchers at the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) announced that their efforts in using a planet-scale array of eight ground-based telescopes succeeded in its mission of capturing images of a black hole.

"Some are dark; others blaze their way out of quiescence as they guzzle gas from their surroundings - we see these black holes as X-ray sources and brilliant quasars, " Sky and Telescope wrote. The ring is caused by light bending in the intense gravity.

Astrophysicist Dimitrios Psaltis of the University of Arizona, the EHT project scientist, said, "The size and shape of the shadow matches the precise predictions of Einstein's general theory of relativity, increasing our confidence in this century-old theory".

But, through global collaboration and an array of instruments, the team built a virtual telescope essentially as large as Earth itself, allowing them to peer into Messier 87, which lies 55 million light years away, to see the black hole at its center.

Obviously, the similarity between the Eye of Sauron and M87 were made immediately obvious. It shows visual evidence of the event horizon of a black hole and allow us to see something previously thought to be invisible. The results were also published in six papers in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Outside scientists suggested the achievement could be worthy of a Nobel, just like the gravitational wave discovery. No - it's a black hole!

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The first ever image of a black hole, from the M87 galaxy located in the Virgo constellation in the Milky Way. Its "event horizon"-the precipice, or point of no return where light and matter get sucked inexorably into the hole-is as big as our entire solar system". Black holes are the universe's most powerful vacuum.

"The determination of the black hole mass agrees beautifully with earlier measurements inferred from the velocities of stars", Ma Chung-Pei, a professor of physics and astronomy at University of California, Berkeley, told Xinhua. And a quick glance will show you that it doesn't look anything like Gargantua, the black hole in the movie Interstellar.

The project succeeded because of worldwide cooperation among 20 countries and about 200 scientists at a cost of $50 million to $60 million, according to the National Science Foundation. "Breakthroughs in technology, connections between the world's best radio observatories, and innovative algorithms all came together to open an entirely new window on black holes and the event horizon". But the person would never be heard from or seen again. "Magnetic fields act to brake the rotation of the black hole and transfer its rotational energy to the jet".

Messier 87's black hole was easier to capture, according to researchers.

Meanwhile, Kevin Koay is still in ASIAA and actively involved with the activities of the Greenland telescope in the Arctic, a newly constructed telescope which is part of the EHT assembly of land telescopes spread across the world and synchronised with atomic clocks.

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