So after the decade of investment, the sleepless nights, the petabytes of data, the heroic imaging efforts, was the Event Horizon Telescope worth the investment?
Kimura chose the name in collaboration with astronomers at two Hawaiian observatories that participated in the Event Horizon Telescope project (EHT), the global collaboration that produced the new image of the black hole.
Soon after, another image was spreading over social media and the news. She wrote on Facebook, "Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed". Galileo's first telescope, with its tiny lenses, revealed Jupiter's biggest moons as mere pinpoints of light; the two Keck telescopes in Hawaii, each with a mirror 10 meters wide, can see volcanoes erupting on one of those moons. Together, they formed an Earth-sized "virtual" telescope - one powerful enough to do what had once seemed impossible. The light we see is from the hot gas that gets heated as it crosses over the event horizon and in to the darkness of the black hole. Not "detecting" it by its radio signature, not digging up more evidence of its existence - actually seeing it.
Outside scientists suggested the achievement could be worthy of a Nobel, just like the gravitational wave discovery. Our certainty, rendered in undeniable orange and black, has a new heft.
"That ideal circle ... comes from light that has been bent by the gravity of the black hole", said Professor Tamara Davis from the University of Queensland. The Woman Behind The First Ever Image Of A Black Hole Bouman started developing the algorithm three years ago as a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But other catalogs exist alongside Messier's, and many of their observations overlap, so the same galaxy - and the same black hole - can have multiple names, Fish told Live Science.
This is the incredible first image of a black hole. But photographing a black hole is about so much more than creating a cool image.
In a statement released on Tuesday, YouTube said it's working to bring more verified sources to the top of search results when users search for news-related topics, which would also deprioritize borderline content like Mr. The radio telescopes, on the other hand, have provided the first visual confirmation.
"We have been searching this for a long time", Dempsey said.
I grew up under these cosmic visions. It is awe inspiring to me at least It is important for physics. It feels like looking at the gates of hell at the end of space and time.
"We could've gotten just a blob."
That black hole is known as Sagittarius A*, and it's the next target for the EHT.
But then, those photons had a journey ahead of them. Modern ones use the oscillating brightness of stars to guess at the planets that may orbit them, tugging these distant suns off balance. Firstly, the black hole is in the middle of the M87 Galaxy as mentioned above and the bright parts that you are seeing here are the matter and light swirling through the black hole and it is brighter on the side that is moving towards us.
Black holes are "like the walls of a prison". We couldn't see them, but we could see the radiant clouds of light and energy surrounding them. Black holes have historically been impossible to observe due to their nature of swallowing every bit of light that tries to escape it. From her, I saw how you could follow the trail of the visible, hunting for signs of the invisible.