The first photograph ever of a black hole has been unveiled to the public. Shep Doeleman, director of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) and Center for Astrophysics, revealed the first glimpse of the black hole at the special conference broadcast by the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States of America. The photograph, which is inconceivable and achingly wonderful and enigmatic, displays mankind’s first glimpse of a supermassive black hole.
The black hole in question here is the M87 supermassive black hole, that is at the very centre of the M87 galaxy, far away from Earth. The photo of the black hole was captured through the EHT, that is essentially a collaboration of multiple observatory telescopes positioned across the Earth. This fundamentally utilizes the power of eight radio telescopes, along with very long baseline interferometry (VLB), in order to observe the phenomena that have been represented in artist illustrations, multiple times. The NSF has also claimed that the image demonstrates the black hole shadow, which contains already been described as very hard to capture.
In the photograph shared, the final photon layer is visible. A black hole is a big super mass of gravitational forces and is really hard to observe due to the distance, the forces and the rare spectra that it generates. The NSF has broadcast its announcement on the internet, providing a detailed explanation of the technology and science that assisted bring about the remarkable observation. The supermassive black hole announcement marks a great achievement for mankind and is considered to be capable of helping us understand one of the most enigmatic objects in deep, outer space.