This was the first image of a black hole

This was the first image of a black hole

Yesterday, Wednesday, the first real photograph of a black hole was shared with the whole world.

It could be taken thanks to a network of eight radio telescopes located in different parts of the world and shows a kind of ring with one half more luminous than the other, which corresponds to the supermassive black hole located in the center of the galaxy M87, at 53 , 3 million light years from Earth.

"We have transformed a mathematical concept, something that is explained with formulas on a blackboard, into a physical object that can be observed," explained Luciano Rezolla, part of the responsible scientific team and professor of Astrophysics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

This hole is 7 billion times more massive than the Sun and expels a jet of radiation 5,000 light years long.

The existence ofblack holesIt is one of the predictions of Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, and it is being tested.

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Video: Scientists react to first image of a black hole (October 2020).