"We have achieved something presumed to be impossible just a generation ago", Sheperd S. Doeleman, EHT project director, said in the press release.
University of Waterloo Associate Professor Avery Broderick attends a news conference to reveal the first photograph of a black hole at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
The black hole is located 55 million light years from Earth, and has a mass of 6.5 billion times that of our Sun. That's 3 million times better than human 20/20 vision. But confirming that general relativity holds in a hitherto unstudied realm has great value, EHT team members said. Researchers say they have created the first image of a black hole.
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At the same scale of compression, Earth's mass would fit inside a thimble, while the sun's would be a mere 4 miles from edge to edge.
"What we see in the image is the shadow of the black hole's rim - known as the event horizon, or the point of no return - set against the luminous accretion disk". Furthermore, they are aiming to find out why supermassive black holes project subatomic particles out into the galaxy and universe.
This illustrationmost-distant supermassive black hole ever discovered.
Even though a black hole itself is not visible directly, it is thought to be surrounded by dust and gas swirling around it at velocities near the speed of light, which causes the emission of radiation that is detectable.
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What is a black hole and why is it so hard to take an image of one? The photo of the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, or M87, a massive galaxy in the relatively nearby Virgo galaxy cluster, shows a glowing ring of red, yellow and white surrounding a dark centre.
The scientists of the Event Horizon Telescope have made some big promises about what is going to be revealed today.
The Effelsberg radio observatory. The facilities were in Arizona, Hawaii, Mexico, Chile, Spain and even the South Pole. The EHT is a network of 10 radio telescopes on four continents that collectively operate like a single instrument almost the size of the Earth. Data collected by the instruments was to be collated by supercomputers at MIT in Boston and in Bonn, Germany.
"We've been hunting this for a long time", Dempsey said.
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This will be a groundbreaking moment for the scientific community, testing predictions based on the Theory of General Relativity.