For the first time in history, Scientist were able to capture the “Black hole,” which makes a landmark progress in the astronomy field.
Scientists working on the Event Horizon Telescope project have produced an image of the “unseeable”, capturing the world’s first picture of a black hole.
It took nearly two years for 200 researchers and a network of eight radio telescopes spanning the globe to make the breakthrough, which was previously thought impossible.
The collaboration, called the Event Horizon Telescope, is a global network of eight telescopes that has been working for two years to capture the first image of a black hole, by combining data from the eight telescopes and “creating a virtual Earth-sized telescope.”
“We have seen what we thought was unseeable,” Shep Doeleman, the director of the EHT, said during a press conference.
In 2017, the group embarked on a weeklong observation spanning telescopes in four continents, capturing data from two black holes: one in Sagittarius A*, located at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, and the other in the Messier 87 galaxy, in the constellation Virgo.
As per Event Horizon Scope’s Twitter post, “scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun.”
A black hole is a region of spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing—not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from inside it. The theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass can deform spacetime to form a black hole.