Scientists may reveal first black hole pictures

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"This major discovery provides visual evidence for the existence of black holes and pushes the boundaries of modern science", the European Commission in Brussels said in a statement.

Now, after two years of acquiring and processing the data, the global team of scientists at the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) programme is set to present their "ground-breaking" first results. Both Sag A* and M87 fall into this category.

"I was amazed to see the image". "As it's on its way in, it gets heated up to tremendously high temperatures (and it glows) ..." It's something we have been working on for 10 years and actually the image was surprisingly unsurprising.

As Broderick noted, this is not the first test that general relativity has passed; the theory has survived many challenges over the past 100 years. "The shape is the shadow of the black hole", said Patrick Das Gupta, professor at Delhi University's department of physics and astrophysics. They represent a point of the universe which is really also the edge of time.

We'll have a roundup of all the most significant information shortly after the live stream wraps up, so if you miss some or even all of the press conference, it'll be easy to catch up.

When scientists initially put all that data into the first picture, what they saw looked so much like what they expected they didn't believe it at first.

"It has a gravitational pull strong enough to make stars orbit around it very quickly - as fast as 20 years". This could be a whole new era of understanding black holes.

The image of Sagittarius A, the black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, is set to be released tomorrow.

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"The event horizon is not a physical barrier, you couldn't stand on it", McNamara explained. The project targeted two supermassive black holes residing at the center of different galaxies.

Black holes are made up of huge amounts of matter squeezed into a very, very small area. This can happen when a star is dying, according to NASA.

It's worth noting a lot movie or artist's impression of black holes are wrong, as they don't take the extreme warping and lensing of light near the event horizon into account.

His team's models found that the jets are generated only if a black hole is spinning.

Up until now, every image we have seen of a black hole has been an illustration, but that is about to change.

The project's researchers obtained the first data in April 2017 using radio telescopes in the USA states of Arizona and Hawaii as well as in Mexico, Chile, Spain and Antarctica.

The Effelsberg radio observatory.

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