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Plasma-spewing black hole dragging spacetime

Like many black holes, it is feeding on a nearby star, pulling gas away from the star and forming a disk of material that encircles the black hole and spirals towards it under gravity.

Black Hole: From where no light can escape

The more massive a body, the bigger and deeper the size of the curvature it creates in space-time. Consequently, the higher is the escape velocity required to pull away from its gravity.


What black hole image tells us

When scientists ‘photographed’ an invisible black hole: the image captures the area around it, generated from data collected by a set of telescopes, and provides a platform for understanding black holes better.

A science teacher explains: What is a Black Hole and some fun facts for kids

Black Hole facts: When a particle draws too close to a black hole and the source of the powerful gravitational field, it is stretched into long thin shapes, like pasta. The term spaghettification was coined by Stephen Hawking in his book, A Brief History of Time.

First supermassive black hole photographed to be named Powehi

The team of astronomers who created the image of the black hole called it M87(asterisk). (The asterisk is silent.) A language professor has given it a name from a Hawaiian chant — Powehi.

First black hole image: Here are five things that we learnt

Space scientists unveiled the first-ever photograph of a black hole taken from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project earlier this week. The photograph shows the black hole that is located at Messier 87 (M87) galaxy, which is some 55 million light-years away from here.


Shadow side up

Event Horizon Telescope snaps a picture of a black hole, brings on a sobering moment.

This MIT grad student's work helped make the black hole event horizon image a reality

Black hole event horizon image: The work of one MIT graduate student, Dr Katie Bouman played a crucial role in creating this image as she helped write the algorithm that decoded the image.

Seeing the unseeable: First image of a black hole released

Scientists had to build an elaborate and complex network of massive telescopes around the world, and devise ingenious new techniques, to piece together a picture that now provides the first visual evidence of a black hole.

Black Hole image revealed for the first time: 'Seen the unseeable,' astronomers say

To capture the image, astronomers reached across intergalactic space to a giant galaxy known as Messier 87, in the constellation Virgo. There, a black hole about 7 billion times more massive than the sun is unleashing a violent jet of energy some 5,000 light years into space.