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Why Doesn't The Black Hole Image Look Like The One From Interstellar?

Why Doesn't The Black Hole Image Look Like The One From Interstellar?

To get an image of a faraway black hole, scientists had to get eight radio telescopes on several continents, including Antarctica, to look at the same place at the same time. Against the black backdrop of the inky beyond, capturing one is a near impossible task. "I've spent most of my professional life on this, and I'm just really glad we got such great results out of this", Fish said. Not only are they able to emit huge jets of plasma, but their vast gravity pulls in streams of matter into its core. The image of the black hole presented on Wednesday was not from any one method, but all the images from different algorithms that were blurred together. Matter in this disk will convert some of its energy to friction as it rubs against other particles of matter. The presence of black holes affects the surrounding environment in extreme ways. However, in a groundbreaking moment on Wednesday, the first ever photograph of a black hole was finally captured and we have an unassuming MIT grad student to thank for it.

The Event Horizon Telescope does not look like any sort of traditional telescope you are picturing. At the end of that observation, the EHT didn't have an image - it had a mountain of data. This black hole now sits about 55 million light-years away in galaxy M87.

The EHT team chose to target two of the closest supermassive black holes to us-both in the large elliptical shaped galaxy, M87, and in Sagittarius A*, at the centre of our Milky Way.

The Malaysian scientist who was a postdoctoral researcher at the Dark Cosmology Centre of the Niels Bohr Institute in the University of Copenhagen between 2013 and 2016 believes capturing the black hole image has opened up a new door in astrophysics.

Imagine trying to take a photo of an orange that's on the moon with your smartphone. However, the team is getting ready for a big reveal.

More news: The First Picture Of A Black Hole Was Taken By A Woman

"I am also a part of the data processing and imaging teams, so was heavily involved in processing/ validating/checking the data and turning them into the images", he told The Star in an email interview. The 5,000 terabytes of data collected was so large that it had to be stored on hundreds of hard drives and physically delivered to a supercomputer, which corrected the time differences in the data and produced the image above.

She captioned the Facebook post: "Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed". How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

Despite decades of study, there are a few holdouts who deny black holes exist, and this work shows that they do, said Boston University astronomer professor Alan Marscher, a co-discoverer.

Its mass is 6 1/2 billion times that of the sun and it was in a "modest active state" at the time of the photo, according to Sera Markoff, a member of the Event Horizon Telescope Science Council.

Nolan did take some artistic licence with the appearance of the film's black hole, as we've previously explained, including things like lens flare. Since then, telescopes in France and Greenland have been added to the global network.


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