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Last Updated : Apr 10, 2019 08:44 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

The black hole in pics: Multinational observatories release first photo

The photo was taken with the help of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project — a multinational collaboration of observatories, which was started in 2012.

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An international scientific team has taken the first-ever photograph of a black hole, strengthening the theory of general relativity first put forward by Albert Einstein in 1915. (Representative Image: NASA)
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An international scientific team has taken the first-ever photograph of a black hole (see below), strengthening the theory of general relativity first explained  by Albert Einstein in 1915. (Representational image: NASA)

The photo was taken with the efforts of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project —a multi-national collaboration that started in 2012 (Image: Reuters)
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The photo was taken with the help of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project — a multinational collaboration of observatories, which was started in 2012. (Image: Reuters)

The team’s objective was to observe the immediate environment of a black hole, and they did so by using a team of telescopes across the globe. (Image: Reuters)
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The team's objective was to observe the immediate environment of a black hole, and they did it by using a team of telescopes placed across Earth. (Image: Reuters)

The photograph is taken of a black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. This black hole resides about 54 million light-years from Earth. (Image: NASA/CXC/Villanova University/J.Neilsen)
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This image of a black hole is from the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. The black hole resides about 54 million light-years away from Earth. (Image: NASA/CXC/Villanova University/J.Neilsen)

The photograph is a watershed moment as black holes can absorb anything from stars to dust and even light into its massive gravitational field, making them difficult to spot. (Image: NASA/CXC/Villanova University/J. Neilsen)
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The photograph is a watershed moment as black holes can absorb anything from stars to dust and even light into its massive gravitational field, making them difficult to spot. (Image: NASA/CXC/Villanova University/J. Neilsen)

This is where scientists look for a ring of light, which is matter and radiation circling at extreme speeds around a region of darkness representing the actual black hole. (Image: Event Horizon Telescope collaboration)
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This is an actual image of the black hole where scientists looked for a ring of light, which is matter and radiation circling at extreme speeds around a region of darkness representing the black hole. (Image: Event Horizon Telescope collaboration)

First Published on Apr 10, 2019 08:41 pm
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