Black Hole Photographed for 1st Time

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  1. MadCardDisease

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    https://www.theguardian.com/science...captured-for-first-time-in-space-breakthrough



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    Astronomers have captured the first image of a black hole, heralding a revolution in our understanding of the universe’s most enigmatic objects.

    The picture shows a halo of dust and gas, tracing the outline of a colossal black hole, at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55m light years from Earth.

    Quick guide
    What are black holes?
    The black hole itself – a cosmic trapdoor from which neither light nor matter can escape – is unseeable. But the latest observations take astronomers right to its threshold for the first time, illuminating the event horizon beyond which all known physical laws collapse.

    The breakthrough image was captured by the Event Horizon telescope (EHT), a network of eight radio telescopes spanning locations from Antarctica to Spain and Chile, in an effort involving more than 200 scientists.

    Sheperd Doeleman, EHT director and Harvard University senior research fellow said: “Black holes are the most mysterious objects in the universe. We have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have taken a picture of a black hole.”
     
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    Remarkable achievement. :clapping:
     
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    If you're interested in learning more, I found this to be an excellent article about Black Holes. It's only a couple of pages. I'll quote the conclusion:

    https://www.cosmotography.com/images/supermassive_blackholes_drive_galaxy_evolution_2.html
     
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    Covert Rain Father smelt of elderberries!

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    I just hope someone called Gandalf just in case the photo is simply out of focus.
     

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