Why Doesn't The Black Hole Image Look Like The One From Interstellar?

Why Doesn't The Black Hole Image Look Like The One From Interstellar?

Why Doesn't The Black Hole Image Look Like The One From Interstellar?

Today our dark little emo hearts have been blessed with the first recorded image of a massive black hole.

Supermassive black holes may sound pretty big, but they are actually relatively small in the grand scheme of the universe.

"I'd expect it to be more of a whitish glow that is brighter along the crescent, dimmer at the other points, and then black where the black hole is casting its shadow", he said.

The supermassive black hole is located somewhat 55 million light years away and is at the very centre of the elliptical galaxy M87.

The first test of strong gravity was the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory's (LIGO) observation of gravitational radiation from two colliding and merging black holes. Anything that gets too close to a black hole will be stretched, compressed and sucked in.

The research was conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, an worldwide collaboration involving about 200 scientists begun in 2012 to try to directly observe the immediate environment of a black hole.

Her schoolmate Gregory Durkin (ph) was glad to see something that matched the predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.

The EHT team has estimated the black hole to be 6.5 billion times the mass of the sun and 40 billion km wide.

'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'. "We're not promising anything" on images of Sagittarius A*, Doeleman said.

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While the actual image may not seem that impressive, this is mankind's first glimpse of a black hole, which is an extremely dense object from which no matter can escape, even light.

For a long time, it was thought that capturing them on camera would be an impossible ask.

NASA says the images were made possible through an worldwide network of radio telescopes and an global collaboration with the National Science Foundation.

Einstein's theory also was validated by another major astrophysics achievement announced in 2016, the detection of gravitational waves, or ripples in spacetime, arising from two black holes that smashed together.

While black holes are invisible by nature, the ultra-hot material swirling in their midst forms a ring of light around the perimeter that reveals the mouth of the object itself based on its silhouette. "Something I've been working on for many, many years, trying to build a physical model of a black hole environment and predictions, and the opportunity to study the hearts of black holes is wonderful".

So, the Event Horizon Telescope team did the next best thing, which was to hunt for a galaxy in the right orientation to be observed from Earth, and Messier 87 - and its black hole known as M87 - proved to be a ideal candidate.

Yes, the researchers have already surveyed the supermassive Black hole at the center of our own galaxy, the milky way. The scientists are now processing the data collected by the telescopes and hope to release a photo in the very near future. But by the very nature of the name, it's nearly impossible to see them. M87's black hole seems to have a far brighter crescent-like shape on the bottom left. That's three million times the size of the Earth.

Those images were so good that scientists at first anxious that it was just too good to be true, Boston University's Marscher said.

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