Science fact: Astronomers reveal first image of a black hole

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WASHINGTON (AP) ‘ Humanity got its first glimpse Wednesday of the cosmic place of no return: a black hole.

In a breakthrough that thrilled the world of astrophysics and stirred talk of a Nobel Prize, scientists released the first image ever made of a black hole, revealing a fiery doughnut-shaped object in a galaxy 53 million light-years from Earth.

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  • Publisher: SFChronicle.com
  • Date: 2019-04-10T20:59:54+00:00
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Many things are taking place:

For the first time, you can see what a black hole looks like

This’image reveals the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. The’black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun.

At last, we can see it: a black hole in the flesh. Astronomers today revealed a picture of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of the nearby galaxy Messier 87. The result’a ring of fire surrounding the blackest of shadows’is a powerful confirmation of Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity, or general relativity, which was used to predict black holes 80 years ago. It is also a feat for the team of more than 200 scientists who toiled for years to produce the image by combining signals from eight separate radio observatories spanning the globe.

  • Publisher: Science | AAAS
  • Date: 2019-04-10T08:09:47-04:00
  • Author: Daniel Clery
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Scientists reveal first images ever made of black hole

WASHINGTON (AP) ‘ Scientists on Wednesday revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting a fiery orange and black ring of gravity-twisted light swirling around the edge of the abyss.

The picture, assembled from data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world, shows the hot, shadowy lip of a supermassive black hole, one of the light-sucking monsters of the universe theorized by Einstein more than a century ago and confirmed by observations for decades. It is along this edge that light bends around itself in a cosmic funhouse effect.

‘We have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole. Here it is,’ said Sheperd Doeleman of Harvard, leader of a team of about 200 scientists from 20 countries.

  • Publisher: BostonGlobe.com
  • Date: 2019-04-10T13:20:08.000Z
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Black hole picture captured for first time in space breakthrough

Astronomers have captured the first image of a black hole, heralding a revolution in our understanding of the universe’s most enigmatic objects.

The picture shows a halo of dust and gas, tracing the outline of a colossal black hole, at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55m light years from Earth.

The equations predicted that, beyond a certain threshold, when too much matter or energy is concentrated in one place, space and time collapse, leaving behind a sinkhole through which light and matter can enter but not escape.’

At first these were thought to be mathematical oddities, rather than real astronomical objects, but in the past century overwhelming evidence has confirmed that black holes are out there.

  • Publisher: the Guardian
  • Date: 2019-04-10T14:23:03.000Z
  • Author: Hannah Devlin
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Science fact: Astronomers reveal first image of a black hole

Using the Event Horizon Telescope, scientists obtained an image of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87, outlined by emission from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon.

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“Science fiction has become science fact,” University of Waterloo theoretical physicist Avery Broderick, one of the leaders of the research team of about 200 scientists from 20 countries, declared as the colorized orange-and-black picture was unveiled.

The image, assembled from data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world, shows light and gas swirling around the lip of a supermassive black hole, a monster of the universe whose existence was theorized by Einstein more than a century ago but confirmed only indirectly over the decades.

  • Publisher: Houston Chronicle
  • Date: 2019-04-10T20:59:54Z
  • Author: By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer
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Scientists reveal first image ever made of a black hole

In fact, Jessica Dempsey, a co-discoverer and deputy director of the East Asian Observatory in Hawaii, said the fiery circle reminded her of the flaming Eye of Sauron from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Unlike smaller black holes that come from collapsed stars, supermassive black holes are mysterious in origin. Situated at the center of most galaxies, including ours, they are so dense that nothing, not even light, can escape their gravitational pull. This one’s “event horizon” ‘ the precipice, or point of no return, where light and matter begin to fall inexorably into the hole ‘ is as big as our entire solar system.

  • Publisher: The Columbus Dispatch
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