Black hole photo proves space is just as emo as we are
"Black hole sun, black hole sun won't you come..."April 10, 2019
Today our dark little emo hearts have been blessed with the first recorded image of a massive black hole. Before today, we were left to use the dark corners of our imagination to picture what this dense and dark part of space might look like.
Now, thanks to hundreds of scientists and researchers, we have an official first look at an actual snapshot of a black hole!
Alexa, play “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse.
The National Science Foundation and Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration shared the image earlier today, using radio dishes laid out across five continents to create one massive Earth-size telescope to snag the incredible photo.
The @ehtelescope team built an Earth-sized telescope by linking radio dishes around the world.
In April 2017, all they all swiveled to look at the supermassive black hole at the center of Messier 87, a galaxy in Virgo constellation. #RealBlackHole #EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/0hUPpDbYkH
— National Science Foundation (@NSF) April 10, 2019
The black hole is located at the center of the galaxy Messier 87, which is roughly 55 million light-years away from Earth.
It is also estimated to be 6.5 billion times more massive than the sun.
Event Horizon ‘Scope tweeted the news earlier today alongside the recently acquired photo, which you can check out below!
“Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun.”
Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun pic.twitter.com/AymXilKhKe
— Event Horizon ‘Scope (@ehtelescope) April 10, 2019
More photos are expected to be revealed as more telescopes come online. Until then, we’ll be admiring this dark abyss in all its emo glory.
What do you think of this incredible black hole photo? Is it what you thought a black hole would look like? Sound off in the comments below!
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