The First-Ever Photo Of A "Black Hole" Has Been Captured

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The First-Ever Photo Of A "Black Hole" Has Been Captured

The black hole is in another galaxy some 55 million light years away from Earth.

Through the technique of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), which links radio dishes across the globe to create an Earth-sized interferometer, nearby super-massive black holes could be "photographed", says the program's official website.

"This is an wonderful 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 so massive they warp space and time and allow no light to escape, so the photo is expected to be of the "edge" of the phenomenon.

Black holes, those so-called event horizons from which even light can not escape and all known laws of physics break down, have always been fodder for the imaginations of science fiction writers and Hollywood producers.

As we expected, the worldwide collaboration of scientists involved in the Event Horizon Telescope project have made good on their promise to provide the first-ever visual evidence of a black hole. "While we confirmed the existence of black holes and studied their properties in so many ways, nothing beats a direct observation", University of Southern California professor Clifford Johnson told MIT Technology Review in advance of the announcement. "The black hole is the Dark Souls dark sign", @GenePark tweeted, referencing the notoriously hard video game. One news conference, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. will be presided over by France Córdova, head of the National Science Foundation.

The image shows a swirling circle of red-hot matter being sucked into the black hole.

First results from the project, known as the Event Horizon Telescope, were unveiled today during a global wave of briefings. Furthermore, they are aiming to find out why supermassive black holes project subatomic particles out into the galaxy and universe.

The images released on Wednesday showed a bright ring at the centre of galaxy M87, which has been formed by the superheated gases falling into the black hole.

The remnants of the shattered star are collected and compressed into small portions of space, according to a NASA summary of black holes.

One aspect Gammie's team honed in on was how black holes interact with their environments. They drastically warp the fabric of space-time and anything that passes too close gets sucked into it be it a wandering star or a photon of light.

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