The first image of the mysterious black hole is finally here

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The project also targeted another black hole - Sagittarius A* is situated at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy - but did not announce any pictures of that one, though scientists expressed optimism about getting such an image.

According to Bouman, capturing an image of a black hole would require an antenna dish with a diameter of 10,000 kilometres, "which is not practical because the diameter of the Earth is 13,000 kilometres", she told MIT News.

Katie Bouman, 29, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who has been working with the Event Horizon Telescope project since 2017. The ring of material that surrounds M87*, which has the mass of 6.5 billion suns, "is something that we were incredibly confident about".

Black holes are "like the walls of a prison".

To perform this, the space experts struggled with bad weather and glitchy electric frameworks. The "telescope" is the size of the Earth. At last, they tried their discoveries against the consequences of a million recreations of what a black hole may resemble, until finally they recognized a match.

Being praised alongside the incredible photo is Katie Bouman, who created the algorithm that helped capture the black hole image when she was a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology three years ago. The photo shows a ring of dust and gas surrounding the shadow of a mass at the center of the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy.

"History books will be divided into the time before the image and after the image", said Michael Kramer from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy. These images will create even clearer pictures-and will surely help science fiction produce more accurate visions of black holes than ever before.

Credit Facebook  Katie Bouman
Credit Facebook Katie Bouman

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, as the research project is called, involved more than 200 scientists.

It sounds odd to keep saying Einstein is right, but every time his general relativity theory is confirmed, "we kill a cloud of alternative theories" and gain better understanding how to create an even more comprehensive theory of physics, said Ethan Vishniac of Johns Hopkins University. We have to come up with methods that take this really sparse, really noisy data, and try to find the image that might have caused those measurements.

It portrays a supermassive black hole at the center of M87, a galaxy which is more than 50 million light years away from our planet.

"We have achieved something presumed to be impossible just a generation ago. We enable scientists and engineers to illuminate the unknown, to reveal the subtle and complex majesty of our universe".

But the danger is we don't want to inject additional information into the problem, so as to bias our result toward something that we would expect to see.

Jessica Dempsey is deputy director of the East Asian Observatory in Hawaii and a co-discoverer in the project.

"No matter what we did, you would have to bend over backwards insane to get something that wasn't this ring", Bouman said.

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And now, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is holding a press conference to announce that project's "groundbreaking result". According to NASA , a black hole is a "place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out".

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