First Ever Image Captured
The first-ever image of a black hole, which experts are calling a monumental discovery, confirms some of Albert Einstein’s long-standing theories about general relativity. A team of scientist has been able to achieve a photo of a black hole at The Event Horizon Collaboration or EHT what they call a “groundbreaking result.” The team consisted of more than 200 workers. This is not a result of night but a decade.
Eht has been using a global network of telescopes to capture the images, Scientist combined the power of eight radio telescope from the world. This effectively creates a virtual telescope around the same size as earth.
Around 5,000 trillion bytes of data was over two weeks, which was processed through supercomputers so that the scientists could retrieve the images.
This is the first ever photo of its kind, Messier 87 is an elliptical galaxy located 53 million years from us. At the center of this galaxy, there is a supermassive black hole. Its mass is 2.4 billion times of our sun and a diameter of millions of km. For a very long time, scientists used the Event Horizon Telescope and studied the supermassive black hole located at the center of Messier 87 galaxy.
What is a Black Hole
A black hole is a region of a spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing—not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light, cannot escape from inside it. Sometimes they are the result of a dying star.
We’ve long been certain of their existence, however, by the effects its gravity has on its surroundings. The existence of them has long been taken for granted because of the severe effect its gravity has on the orbits of stars surrounding it.