Photos: T. Bronzwaer,J.Davelaar, M,Moscibrodzka
Photos: T. Bronzwaer,J.Davelaar, M,Moscibrodzka

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BIG: Astronomers Reveal First Ever Picture Of A Black Hole, At The Center Of The Messier-87 Galaxy

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Astronomers have announced on Wednesday that the first picture of a black hole has been captured by the Event Horizon Telescope
  • This image is of the black hole at the heart of the galaxy known as Messier 87, some 55 million light-years away from Earth.

Yes, we have seen the unseeable. Astronomers have announced on Wednesday that the first picture of a black hole has been captured by the Event Horizon Telescope.

In a press conference at Washington D.C., Shep Doeleman, an astronomer at Harvard University who directed the effort to capture the image said, “We’ve exposed a part of our universe we’ve never seen before.”

The image released shows the ring of materials on the edge of the black hole's gravity, moving around the black hole at such speed that they emit high-energy radiation. This image is of the black hole at the heart of the galaxy known as Messier 87, some 55 million light-years away from Earth.

To capture the image, astronomers reached across intergalactic space to a giant galaxy in Virgo, known as Messier 87 where the black-hole about seven billion times more massive than the sun is unleashing a violent jet some 5,000 light years into space.

This image has confirmed the existence of black holes along with Einstein's theory that if too much matter is forced into one place, the cumulative force of gravity becomes overwhelming, and the place becomes an eternal trap, a black hole, where Einstein’s theory, matter, space and time come to an end.

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The data of two years accumulated from a network of radio antennas called the Event Horizon Telescope had been analysed by astronomers before coming to the above conclusion. They had previously teased the back-hole picture with an announcement saying:

Observatories all around the World are celebrating the confirmation of the doomsday theory tweeting:


 
 

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