Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Watch: First ever images of black hole revealed

Scientists have revealed the first image ever made of a black hole.

Astronomers revealed the picture on Wednesday in Washington.

They assembled data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world to show the violent neighbourhood near a supermassive black hole.

 

The image looks like a flaming orange, yellow and black ring.

"We have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole. Here it is," said Sheperd Doeleman of Harvard.

Nothing, not even light, escapes from supermassive black holes. They are the light-sucking monsters of the universe theorized by Einstein more than a century ago and confirmed by observations for decades. The event horizon is the point of no return around them.

The results are being published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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