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First Ever Picture of Black Hole Revealed

First Ever Picture of Black Hole Revealed

“This is an extraordinary scientific feat accomplished by a team of more than 200 researchers.”

https://eventhorizontelescope.org/

For so long we have wondered what a black hole looks like with only images from scientists on how a black hole may appear.

On Wednesday morning, astronomers released the first ever picture of a black hole in space.

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), “an international consortium that linked eight radio observatories around the world to create a single, Earth-size telescope,” released the image this morning.

The astronomers used telescopes located on “volcanoes in Hawai`i and Mexico, mountains in Arizona and the Spanish Sierra Nevada, the Chilean Atacama Desert, and Antarctica.”

This black hole resides 55 million light-years away from Earth. The astronomers found it “at the center of Messier 87 [1], a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster.”

The EHT website reported:

“We have taken the first picture of a black hole,” said EHT project director Sheperd S. Doeleman of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. “This is an extraordinary scientific feat accomplished by a team of more than 200 researchers.”

Black holes are extraordinary cosmic objects with enormous masses but extremely compact sizes. The presence of these objects affects their environment in extreme ways, warping spacetime and super-heating any surrounding material.

“If immersed in a bright region, like a disc of glowing gas, we expect a black hole to create a dark region similar to a shadow — something predicted by Einstein’s general relativity that we’ve never seen before, explained chair of the EHT Science Council Heino Falcke of Radboud University, the Netherlands. “This shadow, caused by the gravitational bending and capture of light by the event horizon, reveals a lot about the nature of these fascinating objects and allowed us to measure the enormous mass of M87’s black hole.”

Multiple calibration and imaging methods have revealed a ring-like structure with a dark central region — the black hole’s shadow — that persisted over multiple independent EHT observations.

“Once we were sure we had imaged the shadow, we could compare our observations to extensive computer models that include the physics of warped space, superheated matter and strong magnetic fields. Many of the features of the observed image match our theoretical understanding surprisingly well,” remarks Paul T.P. Ho, EHT Board member and Director of the East Asian Observatory [5]. “This makes us confident about the interpretation of our observations, including our estimation of the black hole’s mass.”

Collapsed stars make up a black hole, which has “gravitational forces are so strong that no matter or even light can escape once it gets too close.” From NBC News:

As the name suggests, black holes themselves are completely black and invisible. But scientists had long believed that radio waves given off by the gas and dust swirling around a distant black hole’s so-called event horizon — the theoretical boundary marking the point beyond which all light and matter pass inexorably into the black hole — would be visible through a sufficiently powerful telescope.

Dramatic as it is, the photo unveiled Wednesday may be just a prelude to what’s to come from the EHT.

Scientists say numerous black holes exist in space. Around 100 million exist in our Milky Way, but “astronomers say none is near enough to Earth to pose a threat.”

[Featured image via Event Horizon Collaboration]

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I’ll take their word for the massive undertaking necessary to get this photo … but, you know, they do call it a black hole …

And in related news…BIG FOOT FOUND!!

Many of the features of the observed image match our theoretical understanding surprisingly well

This is actually pretty feeble.

Oh man! I thought it was going to be a picture of al sharpton!

    JusticeDelivered in reply to inspectorudy. | April 10, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    That was really funny, but it should have be A-hole. In any event, physics is so far beyond Sharpton’s grasp that he is incapable understand how at best ignorant he is, but more likely how stupid he is.

    As I have said before, harsh life threatening and ending conditions continued to improve humanity, leaving the original humans and their descendants far behind.

    At this point, there is nothing we can do to improve their prospects, but given time, genetic engineering will likely be able to fix their dullness. I have a niece which is headed down that path. I am certain that Jews will have a huge impact, that is unless disgust of brown and black antisemitism leads to Jews deciding to leave them wallowing in ignorance and stupidity for eternity.

      Physics is beyond sharpton. And – among most other things – math is beyond alexandra cortez: she’s been saying the world is going to end 12 years from now, but she keeps forgetting to subtract the months she’s already harping about.

A [visual] model inferred from signals of assumed/asserted fidelity is the foundation of modern science. It is “consistent with”, in a universal frame of reference, perhaps. I would leave it to philosophy, and at least wait until we approach the edge of our solar system, in order to observe, replicate, and deduce in proximity to the objects of our affection.

No matter how hard they try, they’ll never be able to retrieve the Trump/Russia collusion evidence from that place.

Actually, this is NOT a picture of a black hole. It is a picture of radio emissions passing a singularity. It is like putting a person in front of a spotlight in a dark room and photographing them in silhouette. The problem with that is that you do NOT have a picture, of the object creating the silhouette from which you can make real, accurate inferences. After all, the silhouette could be that of a human being or a cardboard cut out.

I can understand the hype necessary to justify the expenditure to set up this radio telescope array, but at least be accurate about what it did.

    It’s an inference of the hole, provable by its surroundings.

    A close-up photo of an event 55 MILLION LIGHT YEARS away is an amazing, amazing accomplishment.

    The data of the final day’s photos taken at the pole filled enough hard drives to weighed more than Smelly Smollet-fixer michelle obama (in this case, a metric ton.)

I love how they add that no black holes are close enough to us to be a danger. If the Green New Deal wasn’t enough money set on fire in a tidy bonfire, the Green Black Hole Organic Deflection Project could have consumed the entire world’s GDP for centuries.

“In a mere 459,425 years, the gravitational singularity will strike the Earth, unless we act *now!* Help Stop Global Gravitational Collapse! Vote Democrat!”

All galaxies have black holes in their center. When the movie “Interstellar” came out the image of the black hole was puzzling until one understands the gravity bends the light of the other side of the event horizon around the margins of the side viewed. Neat stuff…. also a great spot to send a Democrat congressional committee to investigate first hand.

“Scientists say numerous black holes exist in space. Around 100 million exist in our Milky Way, but “astronomers say none is near enough to Earth to pose a threat.””

To pose a threat to Earth I think it would have to be within our solar system. A black hole is not a monster vacuuming up everything around it. They have a sphere of influence just like all other celestial bodies, and they can be orbited. And black holes seem to be the center of maybe every galaxy. We confirmed the existence of black holes by finding the one at the center of our galaxy. It appears every decently sized galaxy has a super massive black hole at its center.

Heino Falcke: “…like looking at the gates of hell, at the end of space and time.”

Something Heinous on your conscience Heino? ????

I wish people would stop using the term ‘picture,’ or ‘photograph’ to describe what has been ‘captured’ here. There are millions of halfwits walking around now who actually think we somehow manufactured a camera sophisticated enough to photograph an ‘object’ (term used loosely) 55 million light years away. That is not what happened here.

I find the radio images of a black hole accretion disk more interesting to look at than this latest colorized simulation. But. If this gets kids interested in science then what the heck.

I don’t get it. Wasn’t the Eye of Sauron was destroyed?

Isn’t this just an image of what’s around the black hole?

Johnny Rebellion | April 11, 2019 at 9:10 am

And yet these same astronomers will tell you that they believe in the “Big Bang” theory. How could something trillions upon trillions of times more massive(think gravity) than a Black Hole, explode?? That’s right. It could not.
Next weeks topic:The lie known as “fossil fuels”.

Say, what’s up with the “picture of radio emissions passing a singularity…” aka:hemorrhoid donut?

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