Scientists reveal first image ever made of a black hole

At the Event Horizon Astrophysicists Set to Reveal First

On Wednesday we got our first look at a black hole, thanks to an global project of scientists known as the Event Horizon Telescope.

An worldwide collaboration called the Event Horizon Telescope is releasing the results of an attempt to photograph this Sagittarius A*. "The black hole is the Dark Souls dark sign", @GenePark tweeted, referencing the notoriously hard video game.

He said: "The history of man and of science will be divided into the time before the image and the time after the image".

Because their gravitational pull is so strong that not even light can escape them. After all, that's what Albert Einstein had predicted a century ago.

Scientists say that the black hole image findings support Einstein's theory of general relativity. But creating an image of the black hole required a telescope quite a bit larger.

In a major breakthrough, astronomers on Wednesday unveiled the highly anticipated image which shows a dark core, encircled by a bright orange halo of white-hot gas and plasma. So today at 13.00 UTC, a big part of what we have seen in science fiction will be showcased on reality and you wouldn't want to miss it. This is known as the black hole's shadow or silhouette.

The project was established in 2012 by dozens of institutions around the world, with the goal of developing a way of capturing an elusive black hole. Scientists now believe that black holes exist in the centers of all galaxies and can grow to be millions or billions times the size of our sun, according to the National Science Foundation.

Scientists have revealed the very first image of a black hole - and for some on social media, the glowing orange ring looks awfully familiar. The black hole itself is within the event horizon. It took more than 200 researchers and eight telescopes around the world to create the picture. Nearly every galaxy in the universe has a black hole at its center, including our Milky Way, he said.

Black holes are regions where matter has been crushed by gravity to an infinitely small space where the normal laws of physics no longer apply.

The black hole as captured in the photograph is located in a galaxy called Messier 87, which is about 55 million light-years from us Earthlings.

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