NASA to Reveal the First Ever Image of a Black Hole

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 10:07

Scientists are set to reveal a photograph of a supermassive black hole that's millions, perhaps even billions, of times more massive than the sun for the first time ever.

Scientists still have a lot to learn about black holes, the spaces at the center of every large galaxy where nothing can escape, Business Insider reports.

Now, for the first time, a group of scientists from the international Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project are expected to unveil a photograph of a black hole to the public. The image could confirm or dismantle our long-held suspicions about these mysterious masses.

“The event horizon of black holes represent the limits of our knowledge,” Priyamvada Natarajan, astronomy and physics professor at Yale University, told Gizmodo by phone this week. “For me, [the Event Horizon Telescope] is almost a precise piece of what the human mind is capable of. I’m having an emotionally excited reaction to all of this.”

Black holes are objects so compact and dense that they contain a region in their gravitational field, their event horizon, beyond which space is so warped that light cannot escape. We have tons of evidence that black holes exist, from bursts of radiation emitted from galactic centers to ripples through spacetime called gravitational waves. But we’ve never seen one up close.

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