University of MI alum helps discover first image of black hole

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The first-ever images of a black hole are set to be released on Wednesday afternoon by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT).

This achievement was possible by a collaboration of a number of telescopes worldwide, The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). It's 3 million times the size of Earth and 500 million trillion km away.

General relativity predicts that the gravitational field of a black hole bends light into a lopsided ring.

Observations of the black hole will continue, even as additional telescopes join the EHT network, so undoubtedly, more images and more information about black holes will be forthcoming.

The Event Horizon Telescope, or EHT, is actually an consortium of radio telescope facilities that are combining efforts to do what none of them could do on their own: chart the bright halo of hot material that surrounds what would otherwise be an invisible black hole. Well, rather than looking directly at the black hole, the EHT looks at gas surrounding it to take an image of the black hole's shadow. Each one used a different technique to process the data, ensuring we see an accurate representation of the black hole's event horizon.

"This is the strongest evidence we have to date of the existence of black holes", said Sheperd Doeleman, an astrophysicist with the Center for Astrophysics. The new image, published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters and announced around the world in several news conferences, adds light to that sound.

Researchers' data showed the black hole at the heart of Messier 87 (M87), a galaxy within the Virgo cluster located about 55 million light-years from Earth.

This is why [the National Science Foundation] exists.




And in an incredibly amazing twist of events, the black hole discovery appears to confirm the theory of relativity proposed by Albert Einstein a century ago.

A team of astronomers found a way to get clear images of the black hole.

A scene from "Interstellar" was thought to be the most realistic movie depiction ever of a black hole.

Black holes are the "most extreme environment in the known universe", Broderick said, a violent, churning place of "gravity run amok". Yet with more observations like this one they are yielding their secrets.

"This phenomenal discovery proves that our theories and our understanding of the world around us are correct", he said.

It's a cosmic first - visual proof of the supermassive black hole. Others said that the picture reminded them of the eye of Sauron, of Marvel's Galactus, of orange-frosted donuts, and the Xbox's "Red Ring of Death". "It's nearly humbling in a certain way", said Shep Doeleman, the project's director.

"We've made a dish the size of the planet", she told ABC's Catalyst earlier this year.

He said: "The history of man and of science will be divided into the time before the image and the time after the image". "They have exotic properties and are mysterious to us". We will, however, mention that any doubts about the presence of black holes were effectively removed when LIGO, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, picked up a collision of two distant black holes, sending a shiver through the space-time fabric.

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