April 10, 2019, using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), scientists obtained an image of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87. Humanity got its first glimpse of the cosmic place of no return.
“Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that they have succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow”. Credit to Event Horizon Telescope. This doughnut-shaped object is located in a galaxy that is 53 million light-years from Earth. We are glad to witness this breakthrough moment, that yet again Einstein’s theories have become scientific fact. Einstein’s general theory of relativity. He even predicted the symmetrical shape of the black hole a century ago. He predicted that a black hole is a place where a large amount of mass would be being squeezed into a very tiny space, which then creates a symmetrical gravity effect that is so strong that not even light can escape from it, thus creating a black hole.
Outside scientists suggested that this achievement could be worthy of a Nobel Prize.”We have achieved something presumed to be impossible just a generation ago,” said EHT project director Sheperd S. Doeleman of the Center for Astrophysics of Harvard & Smithsonian. “Breakthroughs in technology, connections between the world’s best radio observatories, and innovative algorithms all came together to open an entirely new window on black holes and the event horizon.”
AstroReality also wanted to celebrate this fantastic achievement today with Dr. Katie Bouman – the scientist behind this first-ever image of a black hole. It was her hard work that created and developed the algorithm, which turned telescopic data into the historic photo we saw today.
This is not just another space picture, but a great new moment in history. Considering that human has taken a picture of an object where light could not even escape from it. It is almost a science fiction statement in itself. With our scientists having this information and technology available to us, you can expect a lot more information and news coming out that will be incredible to learn and discover in the many years to come.