Black Hole Picture Revealed for the First Time Ever and It’s Groundbreaking!

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Astronomers announced on Wednesday that at last they had seen the unseeable: a black hole, a cosmic abyss so deep and dense that not even light can escape it.

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Source: National Science Foundation

First picture

Today, at 9 a.m. ET, we might see the first-ever actual image of a black hole.

April 10, 2019, 3:21 p.m. CEST the Event Horizon Telescope has posted the first-ever image of a black hole, located at the center of the galaxy Messier 87.  And now, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is holding a press conference to announce that project’s “groundbreaking result.”

The image is a composite of images taken from five petabytes worth of data that was captured by a series of radio dishes laid out around Earth that allowed the project to capture continuous data from the black hole even while Earth rotated.

 

The black hole is 6.5 billion times more massive than our own sun and is 55 million light years from Earth.

“We’ve exposed a part of our universe we’ve never seen before,” said Shep Doeleman, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and director of the effort to capture the image, during a Wednesday news conference in Washington, D.C.

The information scientists gathered was too much to be sent across the internet. Instead, the data was stored on hundreds of hard drives that were flown to a central processing centres in Boston, US, and Bonn, Germany, to assemble the information.

Source: KATIE BOUMAN

The image offered a final, ringing affirmation of an idea so disturbing that even Einstein, from whose equations black holes emerged, was loath to accept it. If too much matter is crammed into one place, the cumulative force of gravity becomes overwhelming, and the place becomes an eternal trap, a black hole. Here, according to Einstein’s theory, matter, space and come to an end and vanish like a dream.


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