This dark portrait of the event horizon was obtained of the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy Messier 87 (M87 for short) by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), an global collaboration whose support includes the National Science Foundation. They are believed to be formed by collapsed stars.
Orange you glad you've just seen the first-ever image of a black hole?
By definition, black holes are invisible, because no light escapes from them.
Perhaps most notably, the Interstellar black hole has a thin streak of matter around its centre, which M87's black hole seems to lack. But I tagged along to this meeting [where Shep Doeleman, the Harvard University astronomer who directs the Event Horizon Telescope project, was discussing black holes]. This black hole now sits about 55 million light-years away in galaxy M87. "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. And a quick glance will show you that it doesn't look anything like Gargantua, the black hole in the movie Interstellar.
They took the "sparse and noisy data" that the telescopes spit out and tried to make an image.
"We have achieved something presumed to be impossible just a generation ago". Sagittarius A* possesses 4 million times the mass of our sun and is located 26,000 light-years from Earth.
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Each major astrophysics discovery of the last few decades tends to confirm Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.
The image was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope with the help of NASA scientists and spacecraft. It is always exciting to discover a completely new and unexpected effect that keeps the theoreticians up at night, but it is also very satisfying when what you expected turns out to be precisely true. "Numerous features of the observed image match our theoretical understanding surprisingly well", said Paul T.P. Ho, a board member on the project and director of the East Asian Observatory.
The material orbiting the black hole would also spin, and spacetime itself would warp around the black hole.
Instead, she developed an algorithm called Continuous High-Resolution Image Reconstruction using Patch priors (CHIRP), which uses a process called interferometry that combines the signals detected by telescopes to interfere with one another. We saw something so true. On Wednesday that image was finally released. MIT's Haystack Observatory in Westford was one of the sites where the data was assembled, The Boston Globe reports.
Jessica Dempsey, another co-discoverer and deputy director of the East Asian Observatory in Hawaii, said the fiery circle reminded her of the flaming Eye of Sauron from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. "And how can we come up with unique ways to merge the instrumentation and algorithms to get at measuring things that you can't measure with standard instruments".