First ever image of Black Hole released, confirms Einstein’s theory

At the Event Horizon Astrophysicists Set to Reveal First

While members of the EHT team have not revealed their findings, with a media advisory from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) describing it as "groundbreaking", speculations are rife that the project has achieved in its main goal of getting an image of the black hole.

"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". It's about 26,000 light years away, and looks like a tiny dot from Earth, despite having a mass approximately four times that of the sun. The presence of black holes affects the surrounding environment in extreme ways.

What you're seeing in the image above is not technically the black hole itself - the singularity in the center is unobservable by any known means because signals can not return after crossing the event horizon boundary.

Because their gravitational pull is so strong that not even light can escape them. "The theory has passed the crucial test", said Avery Brider, scientist, EHT. This is an opportunity for scientists to test some of the most complex predictions of general relativity.

Black holes are spatial phenomena that have tickled human curiosity for quite some time.

In the image, the dark circle represents the "shadow" of the black hole and its boundary, created by the glowing material that surrounds it. And it could change our view of the universe, revealing some of its most mysterious and fundamental processes.

The picture, released first in a scientific journal, shows a supermassive black hole at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy, which can be seen in the Virgo constellation through a telescope from Earth. Black holes form from remnants of a large star that dies in a supernova explosion. The image showing the radio signature of M87's black hole, 6.5 billion times more massive than our sun, was released at today's briefings. This first image of a supermassive black hole nearly certainly will be improved upon in years to come. That part, we hope we can see - and that's what the new image should show us. The objective, then, is to visualize the black hole by contrast. Trapped inside the black hole's gravitational grip. Because of this enormous mass, black holes warp spacetime, heating the dust and gas around them to extreme temperatures, according to NSF.

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