First Photo Of Black Hole Released

National Science Foundation Holds News Conference On First Results From Event Horizon Telescope Project

The space community is excited about the release of the first-ever photograph of a black hole. It was unveiled by the National Science Foundation. The images will come from the Event Horizon Telescope, an international effort using eight linked radio observatories around the world. Black holes are collapsed stars whose gravity is so powerful that not even light can escape. A network of eight radio observatories on six mountains and four continents, the EHT observed a black hole in Messier 87, a supergiant elliptical galaxy in the constellation Virgo, on and off for 10 days in April of 2017 to make the image.

PHOTO: Event Horizon Telescope Director Sheperd Doeleman reveals the first photograph of a black hole during a news conference organized by the National Science Foundation at the National Press Club April 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

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