First-Ever Photo Of A Black Hole, Explained | USA TODAY

First-Ever Photo Of A Black Hole, Explained | USA TODAY



For the first time, an image of a black hole has been unveiled by the Event Horizon Telescope, but it’s not what you might think. Here’s why.

It’s our first glimpse of one of the weirdest spectacles in the universe. Astronomers on Wednesday released humanity’s first-ever image of a black hole.  

The picture reveals the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster.

“We have taken the first picture of a black hole,” said Event Project Horizon project director Sheperd S. Doeleman of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. “This is an extraordinary scientific feat accomplished by a team of more than 200 researchers.” 

Images came from the Event Horizon Telescope, a collection of telescopes around the world specifically designed to peer at black holes. The telescopes are in Chile, Hawaii, Arizona, Mexico, Spain and at the South Pole.

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  1. Sick_Puppy

    Are you kidding me?!?! That's just an out-of-focus picture of a glazed Donut!!! Revolt!!
    The Earth is flat.
    The sun revolves around the Earth.
    The moon is made of cheese.
    And the very first animal in space was NOT a dog or monkey, IT WAS A COW !!! and it traveled all the way to the moon!!!
    Stupid scientists.

  2. Artsy Jordan 40

    This also looks like a transit. Where a planet blocks the light of a star. Sometimes Mercury and Venus do this and we can see it from Earth. It looks like a black dot blocking a bit of our suns light. I mean this is awesome if it’s true, but I have my speculations.

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