Black hole picture 2019: "Our jaws dropped", astrophysicist says of major milestone

Black hole picture 2019:

But a prediction made by Albert Einstein in his theory of general relativity stated that under certain circumstances, an outline of a black hole and its light-swallowing event horizon could be seen, according to representatives of the Haystack Observatory at MIT, which houses one of the EHT telescopes.

BNOW: The black hole actually turns out to look like scientists predicted. Black holes also have a way of super-heating the material around them and warping spacetime, per CNN.

Black holes are monstrous celestial entities exerting gravitational fields so vicious that no matter or light can escape.

The photo captures a ring-like structure with a dark middle, which is the shadow of the black hole, at the center of a galaxy known as Messier 87.

"The supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, called Sagittarius A*, has a mass of approximately four million times that of the Sun, but it only looks like a tiny dot from Earth, 26,000 light-years away". "I have seen many handsome, detailed images of black holes - but all were just simulations", he added.

While much around a black hole falls into a death spiral and is never to be seen again, the new image captures "lucky gas and dust" circling at just far enough to be safe and seen millions of years later on Earth, Dempsey said. The size of the shadow allows us to determine the mass of the black hole as 6.5-billion times that of the Sun.

Markoff said the team has not started a full analysis of the image and that it will help researchers create models to understand what exactly happens around black holes.

Ananya Bhattacharya said what many of us might have been thinking.

After all, black holes are among the most powerful forces and biggest mysteries in the universe.

It then took more than a year for that data to be processed into the first glimpse of images that scientists saw in the summer of 2018. Now, however, a global team of researchers has finally captured an image of a black hole, revealing the distant object in stunning detail.

It's a cosmic first - visual proof of the supermassive black hole.

The image was released during a press event at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. Press events were also held in several other world cities.

"Obtaining an image of a black hole is not as easy as snapping a photo with an ordinary camera", the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a USA research center, wrote on its website. The telescopes are part of the worldwide Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project. The quest to photograph the black hole was a transnational collaborative effort spearheaded by the European Research Council.

The measurements are taken at a wavelength the human eye can not see, so the astronomers added color to the image.

Despite decades of study, there are a few holdouts who deny black holes exist, and this work shows that they do, said Boston University astronomer professor Alan Marscher, a co-discoverer.

Black holes are "like the walls of a prison".