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First Picture of Black Hole Revealed

By Shivani Reddy on April 10th 2019

It is a remarkable time to be alive to witness a landmark of time and space take place during our lifetime. Like the landing on the moon, this generation has an impressionable image of space that will never leave them. A phenomenon that once sparked the imagination of millions has now been proven into existence.

The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration (EHT) has successfully captured the first-ever photograph of a black hole, an achievement that combined the work of 200 researchers, 5,000 trillion bytes of data over two weeks, and over 10 years of planning to capture.

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, 55 million light years from Earth. EHT used a “network of 8 telescopes spanning from Antarctica to Spain and Chile” virtually creating a telescope the size of Earth.

This groundbreaking global project is the first step in providing insight surrounding the mysterious and controversial black holes in space. After years of studying black holes and believing in the phenomenon, the sight of one and actual captured image has brought scientists to tears, France Córdova, director of the US National Science Foundation and an astrophysicist, stated “this will leave an imprint on people’s memories”.

Via CNN and The Guardian 

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Shivani wants to live in a world where laughter is the cure to pretty much everything. Since she can’t claim “Serial Bingewatcher” as an occupation, she’ll settle for wedding/portrait photographer at Lin and Jirsa & marketing coordinator here at SLR Lounge. For those rare moments when you won’t find a camera in her hand, she will be dancing, eating a donut, or most likely watching Seinfeld.

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  1. George Malczynski

    Too bad it’s out of focus. Must have used a GH5

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