Remarkable photo of black hole released in astrophysics breakthrough

The first image of a black hole

Mainstream scientists began taking the idea of black holes seriously again in the 1960s, using X-ray detectors on a sounding rocket to detect emissions from the first known black hole, Cygnus X-1, in 1964.

Black holes, long theorized about but never photographed, are technically impossible to see because everything - even light - is drawn in by their gravitational pull.

The team's observations strongly validated the theory of general relativity proposed in 1915 by Einstein, the famed theoretical physicist, to explain the laws of gravity and their relation to other natural forces.

'Black hole event horizon or big fiery space doughnut?' asked another.

Researchers said in a statement that the EHT project created an Earth-sized "virtual telescope" to capture the highest possible image quality. Is it what you thought a black hole would look like?

The technique used to image the black hole's shadow will allow for many more observations of this black hole and of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our own galaxy - observations that could reveal new findings about the workings of gravity itself.

Three years ago, scientists using an extraordinarily sensitive observing system heard the sound of two much smaller black holes merging to create a gravitational wave, as Einstein predicted. A light year is the distance light travels in a year, 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion km).

EHT researchers predict that the black hole is six billion times larger than our Sun, and that it is spinning rapidly, sending subatomic particles out into the universe.

The first-ever image of a supermassive black hole at the heart of the distant galaxy M87 is released during a press conference held by Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SAO), in east China's Shanghai, April 10, 2019.

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"This is a huge day in astrophysics", said U.S. National Science Foundation Director France Cordova. "We're seeing the unseeable".

"It did bring tears to my eyes", Cordova added. At last, they tried their discoveries against the consequences of a million recreations of what a black hole may resemble, until finally they recognized a match.

The preacher then asked what prophetically lies beyond the unseen of the black hole.

A breakthrough in black hole detection promises to answer a question that has dogged scientists since Albert Einstein proposed the existence of black holes in his general theory of relativity: how do you document the presence of something that's invisible?

The incredible first image of a black hole proves the power of science, according to former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino.

"Science fiction has become science fact", University of Arizona astronomy professor Daniel Marrone said.

And just to start to take pictures the weather had to be good at all eight telescopes on the same days in April 2017.

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.

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