Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
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What Did Scientists Learn From First Black Hole Photo?

What Did Scientists Learn From First Black Hole Photo?

An worldwide scientific team on Wednesday declared a milestone in astronomy - the first-ever picture of black hole - employing a global network of telescopes to achieve insight into celestial objects with attractive force fields therefore sturdy in spite of or lightweight will escape.

The proven fact that black holes don't permit lightweight to flee makes viewing them tough. Since then, telescopes in France and Greenland have been added to the global network.

"We have a lot of evidence that the theory of gravity works really well in our solar system, but this new image provides a direct test of our theory of gravity in the extreme environment around a supermassive black hole", he said. It is known that the supermassive black hole is located at a distance of 55 million light-years away from Earth and has an estimated mass which is up to 6.5 billion times bigger in comparison to the mass of our sun.

The two devices measured the amount of X-ray generated by one of the jets emitted by the M87, and the results were compared with similar data collected by the Event Horizon Telescope.


"Even though we predicted that if you had a black hole you would see a ring of light, we didn't know we were going to get that ring". The event horizon is very sensitive to an underlying theoretical model.

Data gathered with the help of the NuSTAR and Chandra infers that the supermassive black hole releases constant streams of high-energy which travel at speed close to that of lights, traversing a distance of nearly 1,000 light-years. "We're seeing the unseeable". All previous pictures of black holes were either simulations or animations. "It could have easily have happened that the picture was much less clear and symmetric".

"I was totally in awe of the technical accomplishment, and a little humbled to actually see a major prediction of general relativity right before my eyes".

Bouman was instrumental in the development of the black hole imaging algorithm called Continuous High-resolution Image Reconstruction using Patch priors, or CHIRP.

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