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.
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.
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.
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.
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.