Scientists of the Event Horizon Telescope have obtained the first image of a black hole, using observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun. It is approximately 1.5 light days in diameter. This long-sought image provides the strongest evidence to date for the existence of supermassive black holes and opens a new window onto the study of black holes, their event horizons, and gravity. The imaging of our own black hole is yet to come. EHT Black Hole 2019. Credit Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration.
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An international collaboration presents paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of distant galaxy Messier 87. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that they have succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. This breakthrough was announced today in a series of six papers published in a special issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters. The image reveals the black hole at the center of Messier 87 , a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. EHT Black Hole 2019. This black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun.