See the first real pictures of a black hole revealed live

A NASA artist's concept illustration shows a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun

To give a sense of how hard this task is, while the Milky Way's black hole has a mass of 4.1 million Suns and a diameter of 60 million kilometres, it is 250,614,750,218,665,392 kilometres (155,724,786,135,633,760 miles) away from Earth-thats the equivalent of travelling from London to NY 45 trillion times.

Video game memes are quite popular, and so it's no surprise that the bulk of the black hole picture memes seem to be gaming-related.

Researchers said that Sagittarius A* was too "active" to capture a clear picture, but the M87 blackhole - which measures 40 billion km across - was more photogenic. The shadow can be thought of as a magnified image of the event horizon, which is the point of no return for gas falling into the hole.

Meanwhile, as scientists are still unsure as to how black holes are assembled or what would happen if something was to fall into it, they do insist that there shouldn't be any lingering doubts about their existence.

Visit the Event Horizon Telescope YouTube channel for more on M87's black hole. Now scientists think black holes lurk in the hearts of other galaxies.

A black hole swallows stars, planets, gas, dust and all forms of electromagnetic radiation -theoretically, all that can be seen are objects reacting to the black hole, not the hole itself.

"Black holes are stranger than anything ever dreamt up by science fiction writers, but they are firmly matters of science fact". For that reason, it's believed that there's another black hole with a mass of 4.1 million suns existing 26,000 light-years from Earth. It is unclear what physical processes generated such massive objects so early in the evolution of the cosmos.

Radio telescopes like EHT have been used for decades to study black holes. They are particularly suited for interferometry, which uses two or more telescopes in conjunction to make the effective size of the combined system the distance between the individual elements. Instead, they saved data down to high-performance hard drives, and that information was collated by supercomputers at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy and MIT Haystack Observatory.

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The light in the photograph was added in by scientists because the picture was taken at a wavelength the human eye can not see. It's famous for the relativistic jet of plasma emanating from its core.

Academia Sinica members helped installed three of the telescopes, including the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array, the Submillimeter Array and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, the institution said.

Shanghai police shared a meme on their official Weibo account likening the black hole to an electric fan heater, a common domestic appliance in the winter months.

There are only two black holes that can be resolved by the world's current suite of radio telescopes: the two already mentioned, M87 and Sagittarius A*.

An image from space that even some of the world's top astrophysicists never expected to see is now available for every human to examine.

"How do you have no more time?".

Either way, the findings of the Event Horizon Telescope represent the first step of a new level of coordination and sophistication enabled through a powerful development of technique and worldwide coordination.



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