A violent phenomenon that has mystified the world for centuries, the Black Hole has finally been captured by the lens. Astronomers around the world ran a globe-girdling network of radio telescopes. The Event Horizon Telescope, consisting of 8 telescopes, unveiling the first- ever image of a black hole to the world.
Today, humanity has witnessed its first look at the black hole at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy. At a distance of nearly 54 million light years from our earth, measuring 40 billion km across, this monster has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. Thought to be one of the biggest black holes found, it is larger than the entire solar system.
A black hole is a region in space where the pulling force of gravity is so strong that light is not able to escape, hence they are invisible. Because matter has been compressed in a tiny place, a strong gravitational force exists. The reason sighted for these compressions is the death of a star.
In Virgo, resembling the Eye of Sauron, it has reminded humans once again of the power of nature. We are the first ever generation of mankind who have got the opportunity to witness this spectacular and mysterious marvel.
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