Historic First Images of a Black Hole Show Einstein Was Right (Again)

Historic First Images of a Black Hole Show Einstein Was Right (Again)

Historic First Images of a Black Hole Show Einstein Was Right (Again)

The world gets its first chance to see an image of a black hole Wednesday, according to an worldwide team of researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope project.

But when Broderick first saw the image he and other researchers affiliated with the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration had compiled based on data from eight telescopes, he was awestruck.

Eight radio telescopes around the world have been pointed at two of the cosmic behemoths, one at the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and another almost 54 million light years away. In the optical range, the ring around the black hole would likely appear white, perhaps tinged with blue or red, according to Fox.

The black holes are expected to appear "as a tiny shadow backlit by the glow of radio energy at the galactic center".

The results from any one of the telescopes wouldn't have anywhere near the resolution to make out the hot surroundings of the black hole. The two big theories that describe the universe - quantum physics and general relativity - break down at the edge of back holes, he said, and now "it becomes a real problem". "We've been hunting this for a long time", she said of the new black hole image.

The much anticipated image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole. What we got is the image you see above.

The project was established in 2012 by dozens of institutions around the world, with the goal of developing a way of capturing an elusive black hole. This first image of a supermassive black hole nearly certainly will be improved upon in years to come. Once you cross the event horizon, the black hole's gravity is so strong that you can not escape it.

Researchers' data showed the black hole at the heart of Messier 87 (M87), a galaxy within the Virgo cluster located about 55 million light-years from Earth.

Fortunately, more telescopes have joined the campaign over the past couple of years, and astronomers are working on ways to improve their data processing methods. Trapped inside the black hole's gravitational grip.

"Black holes are extremely dense pockets of matter, objects of such incredible mass and miniscule volume that they drastically warp the fabric of space-time", explains the National Science Foundation, on its website.

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