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'Seeing the unseeable': Scientists reveal first photo of black hole

Updated : April 10, 2019 11:19 PM IST

Using a global network of telescopes to see "the unseeable," an international scientific team on Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics - the first-ever photo of a black hole - in an achievement that validated a pillar of science put forward by Albert Einstein more than a century ago.Black holes are monstrous celestial entities exerting gravitational fields so vicious that no matter or light can escape. The somewhat fuzzy photo of the black hole at the center of Messier 87, or M87, a massive galaxy residing in the center of the relatively nearby Virgo galaxy cluster, shows a glowing ring of red, yellow and white surrounding a dark center.The research was conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, an international collaboration involving about 200 scientists begun in 2012 to try to directly observe the immediate environment of a black hole. The announcement was made in simultaneous news conferences in Washington, Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.

The first ever photo a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes, conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, to gain insight into celestial objects with gravitational fields so strong no matter or light can escape, is shown in this handout photo released April 10, 2019. Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)/National Science Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
The first ever photo a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes, conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, to gain insight into celestial objects with gravitational fields so strong no matter or light can escape, is shown in this handout photo released April 10, 2019. Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)/National Science Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
Shepherd Doeleman shows the first image of a black hole during the press conference in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Shepherd Doeleman shows the first image of a black hole during the press conference in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Sheperd Doeleman speaks during the first image of a black hole news conference in Washington, US, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Sheperd Doeleman speaks during the first image of a black hole news conference in Washington, US, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
France Cordova speaks during the first image of a black hole news conference in Washington, US, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
France Cordova speaks during the first image of a black hole news conference in Washington, US, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Sera Markoff speaks during the first image of a black hole news conference in Washington, US, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Sera Markoff speaks during the first image of a black hole news conference in Washington, US, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
The first image of a black hole is seen during the press conference in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
The first image of a black hole is seen during the press conference in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
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