This is the first ever photo of a black hole

The world it seems is soon to see the first

Using a global network of telescopes to see "the unseeable", an worldwide 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.

The first ever black hole to be photographed has been unveiled by scientists - and it is three million times the size of the Earth. And for the first time in history, it has shown us what a black hole around 55 million light years away looks like.

The data used to create the image could help scientists better understand gravity and other phenomena, said Charles Gammie, an astronomy and physics professor at the University of IL. The goal has always been to snap the first photo of a black hole, and now we have the first real result.

The project may help scientists struggling to marry together two apparently incompatible pillars of physics: Einstein's theory of general relativity and quantum mechanics.

Again, because they're human, people also compared this black hole image to food.

Doeleman said the image could have been just a blob, but they were thrilled to have captured the donut-like appearance of the accretion disk surrounding the black hole's shadow. And it could change our view of the universe, revealing some of its most mysterious and fundamental processes.

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Going forward, the group plans to hunt for more black holes and use increasingly powerful telescope technology and collaborations with others around the world to snap images with higher resolution and greater fidelity. Black holes form from remnants of a large star that dies in a supernova explosion.

"You could have seen something that was unexpected, but we didn't see something that was unexpected". Once you cross the event horizon, the black hole's gravity is so strong that you can not escape it.

One aspect Gammie's team honed in on was how black holes interact with their environments.

Eight telescopes across the globe participated in the observations in 2017. Trapped inside the black hole's gravitational grip.

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.

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