Scientists revealed, in a historic first for black hole physics on Wednesday, the first image ever captured of a black hole's hot, shadowy edges where light bends around itself. And while its 55 million lightyears away, we now have a picture of what these phenomenons look like.
"You have all this energy stored in the black hole".
He said: "The history of man and of science will be divided into the time before the image and the time after the image".
Today our dark little emo hearts have been blessed with the first recorded image of a massive black hole.
By definition, black holes are invisible, because no light escapes from them. After all, that's what Albert Einstein had predicted a century ago.
The scientists said the shape of the shadow would be nearly a flawless circle in Einstein's theory of general relativity, and if it turns out that it is not, there is something wrong with the theory.
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Going forward, the group plans to hunt for more black holes and use increasingly powerful telescope technology and collaborations with others around the world to snap images with higher resolution and greater fidelity.
"You could have seen something that was unexpected, but we didn't see something that was unexpected". A black hole does not let light escape, so it's hard to identify its existence, compared to any other empty space.
On April 10, it is expected a photo of the Milky Way's supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* will be shown to the world.
There is so much data being collected that the image we will see on Wednesday was actually created back in 2017.
That's why the Event Horizon Telescope combined measurements from radio observatories on four separate continents.
It's about 6.5 billion times as massive as our Sun - that's enormous even compared to other supermassive black holes and lives in the center of the Messier 87 galaxy. Trapped inside the black hole's gravitational grip.