For almost two decades, multiple teams have worked to coordinate the observations of eight radio telescopes using Very Long Baseline Interferometry. It is along this edge that light bends around itself in a cosmic funhouse effect. "We're seeing the unseeable". Also what we might see might be a very low resolution version of the black hole depicted in that film.
"Black holes have sparked imaginations for decades", said National Science Foundation director France Córdova, per CNN.
"It's a visionary project to take the first photograph of a black hole".
It's well known that a black hole's gravity is so overpowering that even light can not escape its center. And today, they shared their impressive image with the world.
Outside scientists suggested the achievement could be worthy of a Nobel Prize, just like the gravitational wave discovery.
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. This gas in this area heats up to billions of degrees, creating a silhouette, the shape of which should be able to be predicted by Einstein's theory of gravity. "As it's on its way in, it gets heated up to tremendously high temperatures (and it glows) ..."
Black holes, phenomenally dense celestial entities, are extraordinarily hard to observe by their very nature despite their great mass.
The black hole was spotted in a galaxy called M87 that is 55 million light years away. One light-year is 5.9 trillion miles, or 9.5 trillion kilometers. No - it's a black hole! It shows visual evidence of the event horizon of a black hole and allow us to see something previously thought to be invisible. The announcement of their results will take place simultaneously in six places around the world, reflecting the vast global nature of the collaboration.
The black hole, Sagittarius A*, is right at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy.
Chances are scientists have something big to show us or they wouldn't be making such a big deal about it. But the person would never be heard from or seen again.
Astronomers eventually began to realise the bright spots were in fact black holes (a term coined in the 1960s).