Darkness Visible, Finally: Astronomers Capture First Ever Image of a Black Hole

NY Times

What do you think is the most important aspect of space? Stars? Planets? Meteorites? Up until a few days ago, black holes were known to theoretically exist, yet nobody had actually seen one. But all that changed when a consortium of space agencies pinpointed and photographed a large black hole in the Messier-87 galaxy. From the Atacama Desert in Chile to a mountaintop in Hawaii, scientists worked together using their telescopes to prove their groundbreaking work when they made public the first image of a super dense black hole.

New photographic evidence of a black hole opens up questions about the origin of our universe. Although we already knew about black holes from Einstein’s theories, which proved their existence, this new photographic evidence shows how black holes’ gravitational fields are so powerful that not even light can escape. It is also important because it brings up new questions about how the universe created itself through the Big Bang. I found this article because it connected to my interest in space and astronomy.

The first image of a black hole, from the galaxy Messier 87. Credit Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, via National Science Foundation

The Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Atacama, Chile, one of several telescopes across the globe that make up the Event Horizon Telescope, below the southern sky. Credit Y. Beletsky (LCO)/ESO

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