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. Image: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration
Spectacular breakthrough in space research: the first image of a black hole - space short science news

Astronomers have captured an image of a black hole for the first time, using the Event Horizon Telescope (EVT). The black hole is at the center of galaxy Messier 87 some 55 million light-years away.

While the black hole cannot be seen itself (its gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape), the material around it can be seen with the EVT.

This spectacular new observation is the beginning of a new era in space research, in which the secrets of black holes, the existence of which was only theory until now, will be revealed.

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