Here is the first photo of a black hole

Jim Bridenstine NASA

The photo is the product of observations made in April 2017 by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), an worldwide consortium that linked eight radio observatories around the world to create a single, Earth-size telescope with enough magnifying might to see what until now has been unseeable.

The supermassive black hole is located somewhat 55 million light years away and is at the very centre of the elliptical galaxy M87. It's a "supermassive" black hole with a mass equal to billions of Earth's suns.

Event Horizon 'Scope tweeted the news earlier today alongside the recently acquired photo, which you can check out below! 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. It took a team of more than 200 astronomers to pull this off, along with eight massive radio telescopes organized into the "Event Horizon Telescope" or ETH. Until then, we'll be admiring this dark abyss in all its emo glory. The same team has gathered even more data on a black hole in the center of our own Milky Way galaxy, but scientists said the object is so jumpy they don't have a good picture yet.

"This is an unbelievable accomplishment by the EHT team", said NASA's director of the astrophysics division Paul Hertz "Years ago, we thought we would have to build a very large space telescope to image a black hole".

Black holes are invisible, but scientists know they are present because of the effect they have on other things in a galaxy. (The PBS NewsHour visited one in Chile when the project was still under discussion).

Pointing to the screen at the European Research Council's news conference in Brussels, Falcke said that the much-sought-after image "looks like a ring of fire".

Cosmologists believe black holes are born when a colossal object, like a supersized star, dies and collapses in on itself.

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It takes many hours of observations to record enough data to create an image. "It was only through the ingenious efforts of the event horizon telescope collaboration that we were able to obtain".

"We have achieved something presumed to be impossible just a generation ago", Sheperd S. Doeleman, EHT project director, said in the press release.

Through the span of seven days in April 2017, EHT space experts on four landmasses facilitated their endeavors to mention objective facts of the supermassive black hole. And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exist.

Meanwhile, Kevin Koay is still in ASIAA and actively involved with the activities of the Greenland telescope in the Arctic, a newly constructed telescope which is part of the EHT assembly of land telescopes spread across the world and synchronised with atomic clocks.

"As an astrophysicist, this is a thrilling day for me", said National Science Foundation Director France A. Córdova.

"We've been hunting this for a long time", Dempsey said.

By definition, they are a region in spacetime that compresses a huge mass into a very small space.

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