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Scientists released the first photograph of a black hole three years ago

Its mass is about 6.5 billion times that of our sun.

We have seen what we thought was unseeable,” Sheperd Doeleman, who directs the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project that captured the image, said 10 April 2019.

The image displays a bright ring with a dark center (the black hole’s center); it is situated at the center of the M87 galaxy, which is 55 million light-years from Earth. It has a mass about 6.5 billion times that of our sun.

The EHT project is named for a black hole’s “boundary beyond which nothing, not even light, can escape the object’s gravitational clutches.”

The EHT is a consortium of more than 200 scientists that has been in the works for about two decades. It’s a truly international endeavor; funding over the years has come from the U.S. National Science Foundation and many other organizations in countries around the world.

 

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