Scientists to release first images of a black hole's event horizon

Scientists to release first images of a black hole's event horizon

Scientists to release first images of a black hole's event horizon

An global team of researchers that includes an Ontario scientist is to unveil the first captured image of a black hole.

The first goal of the Event Horizon Telescope project was to capture a photo of the black hole.

The second one - M87 - inhabits the center of the neighboring Virgo A galaxy, boasting a mass 3.5 billion times that of the sun and located 54 million light-years away from Earth. "The black hole is the Dark Souls dark sign", @GenePark tweeted, referencing the notoriously hard video game.

While Broderick said he was "not terribly surprised" by the discovery given the "long history of Einstein being proven right" on issues around general relativity, he expressed hope that Wednesday's announcement would lead to new scientific breakthroughs. While Sagittarius A* is far closer in distance than the M87 galaxy black hole that was imaged, there are some "cosmic coincidences" that made the photograph possible. The bright red and yellow color is actually light being sucked into the black hole. "The theory has passed the crucial test", said Avery Brider, scientist, EHT.

As Lai explained, it's hard to see black hole shadows clearly because any images are blurred by interstellar gas, which presents a complicated challenge for the EHT team.

Doeleman said the image could have been just a blob, but they were thrilled to have captured the donut-like appearance of the accretion disk surrounding the black hole's shadow.


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

Ultimately, some of the material within the accretion disc will be drawn into the black hole while other parts are shot out into space as so-called relativistic jets.

More than 13 billion years after they formed, the light that was released to create these distant massive black holes is now reaching our telescopes.

Three years ago, scientists used highly sensitive observing equipment to pick up the sound of two smaller black holes coming together to create a gravitational wave.

Scientists have revealed the very first image of a black hole - and for some on social media, the glowing orange ring looks awfully familiar. No - it's a black hole!

"The shadow of the black hole is almost circular, which is consistent with our simulations".

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