"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. This black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5-billion times that of the Sun.
Black holes are monstrous celestial entities exerting gravitational fields so vicious that no matter or light can escape. The goal has always been to snap the first photo of a black hole, and now we have the first real result.
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"The picture from the M87 galaxy emphatically confirms the models we have of rotating black holes". Furthermore, they are aiming to find out why supermassive black holes project subatomic particles out into the galaxy and universe. A black hole does not let light escape, so it's hard to identify its existence, compared to any other empty space. However, the colors of the bright ring in the image aren't the actual hues of the gas; rather, they represent a color map chosen by EHT researchers to depict the brightness of the emissions, Fox explained.
In essence, the EHT scientists photographed the shadow of the black hole cast by the accretion disc. "Something I've been working on for many, many years, trying to build a physical model of a black hole environment and predictions, and the opportunity to study the hearts of black holes is incredible". It took a team of more than 200 astronomers to pull this off, along with eight massive radio telescopes organized into the "Event Horizon Telescope" or ETH. What we got is the image you see above.
The project also targeted another black hole - Sagittarius A* is situated at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy - but did not announce any pictures of that one, though scientists expressed optimism about getting such an image.