Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Black hole photo proves space is just as emo as we are

Black hole photo proves space is just as emo as we are

And while its 55 million lightyears away, we now have a picture of what these phenomenons look like.

They created the image of a black hole by compiling data from eight earth-based telescopes positioned around the world.

"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.

Though black holes are compact objects, they are exceptionally massive - the mass of M87's black hole is about 6.5 billion times that of our sun, the National Science Foundation (NSF) said in a statement.

Black holes are phenomenally dense celestial entities with gravitational fields so powerful no matter or light can escape, making them extraordinarily hard to observe despite their great mass. While nothing can escape the gravitational vortex of a black hole - not even light - gas and radiation rage in a swirling eddy around the brink of the abyss.

That historic first photo of a black hole was released to the public on Wednesday after years of work on an worldwide project called Event Horizon Telescope.

As part of what space enthusiasts will refer to as a milestone, the first-ever image of the black hole has been captured. Now, researchers hope to learn how a black hole grows and what makes anything orbiting a black hole fall in.

Six media events around the world will be held simultaneously in Washington, D.C, Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.

Black holes, phenomenally dense celestial entities, are extraordinarily hard to observe by their very nature despite their great mass. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a black hole.

The image you see above is not an out-of-focus donut.

The project, which relied on data from a global network of telescopes, targeted two supermassive black holes at the centre of different galaxies.

"It's a dream come true, on many levels", Ozel said.

Also trending in the wake of the black hole news alongside the band was the movie "Interstellar".

What we're seeing here is the effects of the incredible gravitational pull of the black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy, causing light to be bent around the black hole itself, and revealing the black hole's "shadow" near the center.

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