The recent collaboration of over 200 scientists from around the world achieved the historic milestone of taking the first-ever picture of a black hole using Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a world-spanning network of telescopes.
Supermassive black holes like the one photographed anchor the centers of almost all galaxies and can be billions of times the mass of the sun.
The team's observations of the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster, lend strong support to the theory of general relativity put forward in 1915 by physicist Albert Einstein to explain the laws of gravity and their relation to other natural forces. "We have seen and taken picture of a blackhole" said Sheperd Doeleman, EHT director and astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Astrophysics in Cambridge.
Numerous traits possessed by supermassive black holes continue to puzzle researchers, including the odd cases when some of them can release jets loaded with material even if they are inescapable objects and the feat should be impossible.
Black holes, phenomenally dense celestial entities, are extraordinarily hard to observe despite their great mass. Yet, nobody knows how they formed or got so heavy.
"This may be a enormous day in astronomy", aforementioned America National Science Foundation Director France Córdova. The scientists explore for a hoop of sunshine - noncontinuous matter and radiation circling at tremendous speed at the sting of the event horizon - around a section of darkness representing the particular part. "We're seeing the unseeable".
By now, you're asking why they did not take a look at our very own galaxy's black hole, Sagittarius A, which is less than half the distance away (if not asking, you should be).
Back last week, we gained a new achievement as a human race as for the first time we photographed a black hole.
The project's researchers obtained the first data in April 2017 using telescopes in the USA states of Arizona and Hawaii as well as in Mexico, Chile, Spain and Antarctica. Captured by a global network of ground-based telescopes, the image showed a dark abyss at the center of a glowing ring of super-heated gas. The global network of telescopes has essentially created a planet-sized observational dish.