Black hole photo proves space is just as emo as we are

Black hole seen for first time in image showing matter being sucked into timeless oblivion

Black hole seen for first time in image showing matter being sucked into timeless oblivion

So, to achieve this, a global network of eight ground-based telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope project banded together to create one large telescope, designed to collect light data from the black hole.

While the image may not be that over-the-top interesting at first glance, we should appreciate exactly what we are looking at.

The image of a black hole that's captivating people across the globe was the result of work from 200 scientists from 20 countries, including University of MI alum Katie Bouman.

Doeleman said the research "verifies Einstein's theory of gravity in this most extreme laboratory".

"We've been hunting this for a long time", said Jessica Dempsey, a co-discoverer and deputy director of the East Asian Observatory in Hawaii.

Cosmologists believe black holes are born when a colossal object, like a supersized star, dies and collapses in on itself.

But the incredible photo, which was released by Event Horizon Telescope on Wednesday, has also excited fans of food, Lord of the Rings, and Christopher Nolan alike.

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Albert Einstein's relativity theories first predicted black holes more than a century ago, but even he thought they were too weird to actually exist.

Outside scientists suggested the achievement could be worthy of a Nobel, just like the gravitational wave discovery. "Numerous features of the observed image match our theoretical understanding surprisingly well", Paul T.P. Ho, EHT Board member and Director of the East Asian Observatory, said in the press release.

The attention on Bouman may give a skewed impression of the number of women involved in the EHT project. Einstein a century ago even predicted the symmetrical shape that scientists just found, she said. That's because that light is approaching Earth. "Making it these warm gold and oranges makes sense". The news conference slated at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. shall be presided over by France Córdova, head of the National Science Foundation. He announced the image discovery. The black hole is "unseeable" to the naked eye but measures 40 billion km across. It might seem like too much, but in reality, it is a very small area to be observed from this far away. But the person would never be heard from or seen again.

Does a black hole seem like the internet's usual meme fodder?

The somewhat fuzzy photo of the black hole at the center of Messier 87, or M87, a massive galaxy residing in the center of the relatively nearby Virgo galaxy cluster, shows a glowing ring of red, yellow and white surrounding a dark center. A light year is the distance light travels in a year, 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion km). Nasa added that this black hole is 6.5 million times the mass of the Sun.

The very first image of a supermassive black hole has been taken by Earth's Event Horizon Telescope, bask in its extremely dense but gorgeous gravitational pull. In fact, the researchers had generated several photos and they all looked the same.

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