By definition, black holes are invisible, because no light escapes from them.
The rare, groundbreaking image was released by a team of scientists Wednesday morning, and it didn't take long for observers on social media to take notice, mostly in awe. This achievement is certainly a breakthrough, and we at NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory congratulate and applaud the hundreds of scientists, engineers, and others who worked on the Event Horizon Telescope to obtain this extraordinary result.
Johns Hopkins astrophysicist Ethan Vishniac, who was not part of the discovery team but edits the journal where the research was published, pronounced the image "an awesome technical achievement" that "gives us a glimpse of gravity in its most extreme manifestation".
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. It is devouring the insides of a galaxy about 55 million light years away. But if a person were to somehow get close to this black hole, it might not look quite like that, astronomers said. And a quick glance will show you that it doesn't look anything like Gargantua, the black hole in the movie Interstellar. It has a mass 6.5 billion times greater than Earth's sun.
A Facebook screenshot of Kevin Koay Jun Yi giving a lecture on the EHT project in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) on January 29. He said the new picture provides strong evidence to support Albert Einstein's theories relating to the laws of gravity. Her dad says while she was still in high school, she was doing imaging research with Purdue professors. Black holes also have a way of super-heating the material around them and warping spacetime, per CNN.
The measurements are taken at a wavelength the human eye can not see, so the astronomers added color to the image.
"You could have seen something that was unexpected, but we didn't see something that was unexpected". "But what we find for M87 is, at the very fine detail we have, objects change on the timescale of days".
The remarkable photo, showing a halo of dust and gas 500 million trillion km from Earth, was released on Wednesday.
Jessica Dempsey, a co-discoverer and deputy director of the East Asian Observatory in Hawaii, said it reminded her of the powerful flaming Eye of Sauron from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. "Numerous features of the observed image match our theoretical understanding surprisingly well", Paul T.P. Ho, EHT Board member and Director of the East Asian Observatory, said in the press release.
"No matter what we did, you would have to bend over backwards insane to get something that wasn't this ring", Bouman said. Ashley Thompson was the editor. Basically, the likelihood of it coming anywhere near us is zero, in case that was something you were anxious about.