And that's just what we see in the newly unveiled EHT images, which show the silhouette of the supermassive black hole at the heart of M87, a giant elliptical galaxy that lies 55 million light-years from Earth.
Scientists revealed the first-ever glimpse of a super-massive black hole Wednesday, as the Event Horizon Telescope released the first results of its findings in a "ground-breaking" discovery that opens up questions about conventional physics.
"Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87", officials with EHT project announced on Twitter. In speaking on the subject matter, project director of the Event Horizon Telescope, Sheperd Doeleman, insisted, "Black holes are the most mysterious objects in the Universe".
American scientists are expected to unveil the first ever photograph of a black hole on Wednesday, 10 April.
The image was created by data from eight radio telescopes around the world.
The project cost $50 million to $60 million, with $28 million of that coming from the National Science Foundation.Читайте также: Baylor outlasts Notre Dame to win national championship | Women's College Basketball Highlights
Myth says a black hole would rip you apart, but scientists said that because of the particular forces exerted by an object this big, someone could fall into it and not be torn to pieces.
There are many black holes in the universe and there is no accurate number of the size of each. It is billions of times more massive than the sun.
Six media events around the world will be held simultaneously in Washington, D.C, Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo. They've been a subject of scientific research as well as science fiction over the last several decades. Black holes form from remnants of a large star that dies in a supernova explosion.
"The challenge now will be to measure the exact density of the matter around a black hole, and to better understand the crucial role of magnetic fields, and how matter within the accretion disk rotates".
NASA defines a black hole as "a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out". But black holes also dramatically affect their surrounding space, most obviously by creating an accretion disk - the swirl of gas and material that rapidly orbits their singularities.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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