We now know for sure what a black hole looks like.
The photo shows a bright ring of superheated gasses falling into the perfectly circular hole, which is the event horizon beyond which not even light can escape.
To obtain the image of the black hole and its shadow, eight ground-based radio telescopes located in different parts of the globe operated together and acted like one giant telescope the size of Earth. Over the past two years, researchers from around the world have worked to turn that information into the clearest image possible by syncing up the measurements taken concurrently around the world.
Taken over four days when astronomers had "to have the flawless weather all across the world and literally all the stars had to align", the image helps confirm Einstein's general relativity theory, Dempsey said.
Black holes are so massive they warp space and time and allow no light to escape, so the photo is expected to be of the "edge" of the phenomenon. Unlike smaller black holes, which come from collapsed stars, supermassive black holes are mysterious in origin. It is the first recording of a so-called Black hole. "We're not promising anything" on images of Sagittarius A*, Doeleman said. Evidence suggests that every large galaxy contains a supermassive black hole at its center, which influences how that galaxy is formed and grows.
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It was revealed today after years of global collaboration between over 200 worldwide astronomers. Fortunately, our galaxy's supermassive black hole is on the quiet side.
SHAPIRO: That's the trailer for the 1979 movie "The Black Hole".
BNOW: The image of the M87 black hole is said to confirm predictions made by Einstein's theory of general relativity (GR).
Another Russian scientist, Alexander Lutovinov, a deputy head of the Russian Space Research Institute, said the Event Horizon Telescope project proved that our concept of how the Universe works was correct.
Myth says a black hole would rip a person apart, but scientists said that because of the particular forces exerted by an object as big as the one in M87, someone could fall into it and not be torn to pieces.
The image captured is the result of years of worldwide collaboration, which offers scientists a new way to study the most extreme objects in the Universe predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity during the centennial year of the historic experiment that first confirmed the theory, according to Academia Sinica. "And it's actually created by the force of gravity, by the deformation of space-time, where light actually goes around the black hole, nearly in a circle". In addition, the Black holes are very far away: M87 is 55 million light-years. Rather, thanks to heroic efforts by schedulers at Chandra, EHT, and NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission, as well as by the EHT's Multiwavelength Working Group, Chandra was used to observe M87 and other targets during the EHT campaign. "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". On the other hand also a lot of questions about Black holes are not yet clarified, such as the matter swirls right in the throat.
Those images were so good that scientists at first anxious that it was just too good to be true, Boston University's Marscher said.