Scientists Showed-Off The First Ever Image of Massive Black Hole

Scientists Showed-Off The First Ever Image of Massive Black Hole


It is the first time that scientists have revealed the image of a black-hole, detailing the distant object. Previously, in April 2017, they used an international network of telescopes to capture a picture of the supermassive black hole. Thus a network of eight telescopes across the globe clicked a photo of a black hole which is 500 million trillion km away. The exclusive finding is only due to the Event Horizon Telescope. Scientists describe it as a virtual Earth-sized telescope. Although, the ambitious probe project included telescopes in Chile, Hawaii, Spain, Mexico, and the South Pole.

Generally, a light year measures a distance equal to 6 trillion miles in the space. Besides, the scientists have spotted the massive black hole in galaxy Messier 87 (M87) which is 55 million light years away from Earth. The image directly proves the existence of black holes. The photo reveals a dark region at its core, which is covered by a ring of light. Sheperd Doeleman, director of the historical event said, they have seen what they thought invisible. The research project involved more than 200 scientists, and finally, the team has captured an image of a black hole. As per the European Southern Observatory, the combination of eight radio telescopes across the world used Very-Long-Baseline-Interferometry.

Prof Heino Falcke, of Radboud University in the Netherlands, recommended the experiment. The professor said that the thing we see in the image is larger than the size of our entire solar system. Prof Falcke says the image reveals a strong bright ring of fire, covered by an exactly circular dark hole. As per scientists, the bright ring is a result of falling superheated gas into the hole. The light generated is brighter than the combination of all the billions of other stars present in the system. Due to its intense brightness, the light is visible from such a large distance from Earth. Since astronauts used radio waves to see the black hole, the colors speak a lot.

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