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Scientists have released the first ever images of a black hole’s event horizon. The images have been captured by global ‘virtual telescope’.
The team behind the Event Horizon Telescope used a ‘virtual telescope’ built from eight radio observatories positioned at different points on the globe to capture the images.
The Director of Event Horizon Telescope Sheperd Doeleman said:
‘We have seen what we thought was unseeable. We now have visual evidence for a black hole. We now know that a black hole exists at the center of M87. Material moving around the black hole is moving at light speeds.’
‘We now have an entirely new way of discovering black holes that we’ve never had before, and like all new discoveries this is just the beginning.’
‘Nature has conspired to let us see something that we thought was invisible. This is a long-sought goal for us, and we hope that you’ll be inspired by it too.’
It supports the Einstein’s theory of General Relativity as the professor of theoretical astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam, Sera Markoff said: ‘What we’ve now confirmed is that General Relativity does not change when looking at black holes masses.’
‘M87’s huge black hole mass makes it a monster even by supermassive black hole standards. You’re basically looking at a supermassive black hole that is almost the size of our solar system.’
‘The galaxies are growing, and we think it’s through these types of interactions that black holes help shape the largest structures in galaxies and make them look the way they do today,’
‘By looking at two black holes with extremely opposite energy, we can better understand the influence of black holes in the long course of our history’ Markoff said.
The researchers estimate its mass to be roughly 6.5 billion times the mass of the sun.
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