On Wednesday, April 10, National Science Foundation shared the first ever photo of the Black Hole and that’s the day which will go down in the history mainly because it was just a concept till now but it has got a face now. Astronomers have taken the picture with the help of eight ground-based radio telescopes, which is 500 million trillion km away. The picture of a black hole looks like a dark core bordered by a flame-orange halo of white-hot gas and plasma. The black hole is 50 million light years away in a galaxy known as M87. Also Read - Indian Astronomers Detect Huge Optical Flare From Super Massive Black Hole
The National Science Foundation took to their official Twitter handle to share the first image of the Black Hole and wrote, “You’re looking at the first-ever image of a black hole. It was captured by the #NSFFunded @ehtelescope project. #ehtblackhole #RealBlackHole https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/blackholes/formedia.jsp …”. Also Read - Most Detailed, New 3D Map of Milky Way Galaxy Ever Made Revealed; Shows Earth Heading Towards Black Hole
However, the image of the Black Hole has now turned into hilarious memes. While some have compared it to doughnuts, some just related it to their relationships. Also Read - Black Holes Don't Suck in Objects Like Vacuum Cleaner: Expert Busts Popular Myth
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Associate Administrator of NASA, Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen shared the image of a black hole and said, “An incredible accomplishment! Congratulations to the international team that worked together to pull this off. Catching this black hole’s shadow involved 8 ground-based radio telescopes around the globe, operating together as if they were one telescope the size of Earth.”
He further said, “You’re looking at the 1st-ever image of a black hole! By its very nature, a black hole cannot be seen, but the hot disk of material around it shines bright. Against a bright backdrop, such as this disk, a black hole appears to cast a shadow.”
For the uninitiated, Black Hole is an empty space exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that not even particles or light can escape from inside it. Black holes were first predicted by Einstein’s theory which reimagined gravity as the deforming of space and time by matter and energy. The first image of a black hole confirms that Einstein’s theory of gravity is true.