Canadian astrophysicist involved in black hole sighting amazed by discovery

The world it seems is soon to see the first

The world gets its first chance to see an image of a black hole Wednesday, according to an global team of researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope project.

An worldwide team of scientists and astronomers have just given humanity its first-ever look at a black hole.

Katie Bouman, a computer scientist, took the lead on creating the algorithm that made it possible to take the photo 55 million light-years away from Earth.

Pinpointing the location of an accretion disc is the key to mapping the black hole it orbits.

The discovery opens up more questions for scientists to explore, including "some deep fundamental physics questions that still need to be solved", said Falcke.

The shadow of the black hole is in the center of the image. The gravitational pull is so strong that even light can not escape. After all, that's what Albert Einstein had predicted a century ago. To begin with, it helped to confirm Einstein's theory of general relativity (yet again) and gave astrophysicists the first and closest look yet at the enigmatic, chaotic phenomenon of black holes.

Broderick said that the image proves that supermassive black holes are "analogous in important ways" to smaller black holes, which are better understood by scientists. This light is expected to bend around the event horizon to create a lopsided, glowing ring, which researchers are hoping to see for the first time. That part, we hope we can see - and that's what the new image should show us.

"It's a dream come true, on many levels", Ozel said.

The images released on Wednesday showed a bright ring at the centre of galaxy M87, which has been formed by the superheated gases falling into the black hole. Scientists now believe that black holes exist in the centers of all galaxies and can grow to be millions or billions times the size of our sun, according to the National Science Foundation. At the center of the galaxy is a supermassive black hole. This first image of a supermassive black hole nearly certainly will be improved upon in years to come. Trapped inside the black hole's gravitational grip.

Researchers said that Sagittarius A* was too "active" to capture a clear picture, but the M87 blackhole - which measures 40 billion km across - was more photogenic.

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