First view of a BLACK HOLE 4/10/2019
So we all have been told that nothing can escape a black hole not even
light, hence the name. So how were the scientists able to get a picture? They
accomplished this by linking 8 large radio telescopes that are located in
the US, South America , Spain and Antarctica. All were aimed at Messier 87
galaxy at the same time and gathering data from different parts of the galaxy. Then using
a supercomputer and an algorithm developed by 29 year old
Katie Bouman a grad
student at MIT, they combined the information from
all these telescopes into this picture.
The donut ring is the glow of the super heated gas as it swirls around the black
hole, eventually getting sucked in.
This is what astronomers call a
BLACK HOLE. To give you an idea to it's size, here is an image with
our solar system embedded as a comparison.
here to read how the image was gathered
the best explanation about what you are looking at in
the Black hole image
This is the most complete and correct explanation of what a black
hole shadow is tha