In a first, an international team of astrophysicists released the first ever photograph of a black hole to the much-awaited world on Wednesday. The image has a dark pitch-black core encircled by a flame-orange halo of white-hot gas and plasma.
Simultaneous news conferences held in cities of Washington, Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo confirmed the breakthrough in the field of astrophysics.
The picture was shot using a global network of telescopes. The feat was achieved by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project.
The image captured is of a black hole dicovered above is at center of Messier 87 galaxy. It is located in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster.
Reportedly, the particular black hole resides about 54 million light-years from planet Earth.
Earlier in 2012, an international collaboration was put together to try and directly observe the immediate environment of a black hole using a global network of Earth-based telescopes.
Popularly known as one of the star-devouring mystery scattered throughout the Universe, the black holes are regions in space obscured by impenetrable shields of gravity. They pull in everything from matter and light to time itself.
Jessica Dempsey, a co-discoverer and deputy director of the East Asian Observatory in Hawaii, related the image to the Eye of Sauron from the popular fiction series “Lord of the Rings”.
The space-time phenomenon was theorised by Albert Einstein and later mathematically proved by Stephen Hawking.