The world is seeing the first-ever image of a black hole Wednesday, as an worldwide team of researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope project released their look at the supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy Messier 87 (M87).
It's a cosmic first - visual proof of the supermassive black hole.
The new image shows a glowing ring that was obviously a black hole and its surroundings, said Harvard's Sheperd Doeleman, director of the Event Horizon Telescope team. The black hole envisioned by Throne had a much thinner, opaque disk of material.
Google Doodle artist Nate Swinehart was sketching scenes for a black hole animation while in his vehicle on the way to work, at the same time as EHT representatives prepared to announce their landmark achievement, a Google representative told Live Science in an email. The image was produced by a network of telescopes around the world, including two on Hawaiʻi's own Mauna Kea.
The EHT team has estimated the black hole to be 6.5 billion times the mass of the sun and 40 billion km wide.
Johns Hopkins astrophysicist Ethan Vishniac, who was not part of the discovery team but edits the journal where the research was published, pronounced the image "an unbelievable technical achievement" that "gives us a glimpse of gravity in its most extreme manifestation". "When we saw this come into focus, our jaws dropped", astrophysicist Shep Doeleman said.
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However astronomers have said they will do more work and look more at black holes to learn more.
He said the team "uncovered part of the universe that was off-limits to us".
Then, during two years afterwards, the researchers used a supercomputer called correlator and refined algorithms to merge the light, said Dan Marrone, EHT co-investigator and an associate professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona.
But we're not looking at the black hole completely head on, and that's the origin of the other main difference.
Physicist and author Lawrence Krauss said: "The image of a black hole nearly 10 percent as massive as our galaxy located in a distant galaxy!" We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole. But a prediction made by Albert Einstein in his theory of general relativity stated that under certain circumstances, an outline of a black hole and its light-swallowing event horizon could be seen, according to representatives of the Haystack Observatory at MIT, which houses one of the EHT telescopes. Its distance from the Earth is around 55 million light-years, so it clearly does not threat our planet. Despite decades of indirect evidence supporting their existence, black holes have never been captured by camera - until now. The largest, or "supermassive", black holes, similar to that of M87's, are proportionate in size to their galaxies. The image was revealed amid much fanfare Wednesday.
"So we had to climb up to the telescope for installation and testing so it was mostly outdoor work". Even with that, it is the biggest black hole silhouette in the sky.
Scientists are hoping that the image will help them to understand Einstein's theory of general relativity and quantum mechanics.