‘We’ve exposed a part of our universe we’ve never seen before,” astronomer Shep Doeleman said on April 10 when unveiling the first picture every taken of a black hole. The picture, captured by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration showed a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun.
Taken in 2017, it took two years of computer analysis to determine what exactly the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration (a global network of telescopes) captured. Scientists were overjoyed to realize they had a picture of a supermassive black hole, one located in the center of Galaxy M87 in the Virgo constellation. This one blurry photo has since opened a new window into the study of these fascinating phenomenon.
“We have seen what we thought was unseeable,” said Sheperd Doeleman, director of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, added. “We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole.”