Stephen: First ever image of a black hole captures Internet’s imagination

In a major scientific breakthrough, astronomers revealed Wednesday that they have photographed a black hole for the first time ever. “Here it is,” Harvard astronomer Sheperd Doeleman said at a press briefing in Washington, D.C. “This is the strongest evidence that we have to date for the existence of black holes…We’ve exposed a part of our universe we’ve never seen before.” NBC News reports that the image, which shows the black hole’s dark silhouette surrounded by a bright ring, is “the product of observations made in April 2017 by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), [which] linked eight radio observatories around the world to create a single, Earth-size telescope with enough magnifying might to see what until now has been unseeable.” The black hole is located 55 million light-years from Earth. “For 25 years this was always a dream, a fiction, an expectation,” adds astronomer Heino Falcke. “I have seen many beautiful, detailed images of black holes–but all were just simulations. This one is so precious, so beautiful, because it is real.”

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