First ever black hole image unveiled

By Can Erozden

ANKARA (AA) – An international collaboration on Wednesday unveiled the first ever image of the black hole on the Internet.

Having captured the first image of the black hole, the Event Horizon Telescope aired this cosmic object's photo during live news conference on YouTube.

"Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun," the Event Horizon Telescope said on Twitter.

"From Brussels: 'Finally! No more simulations. You are looking for the very first time, at a real black hole,'" it added.

Earlier, NASA said in a Twitter post: "History is being made! A global network of telescopes has been working to capture the first ever image of a black hole.”

The news conference was streamed live in Brussels, Chilean capital Santiago, Taiwan's Taipei, Tokyo and Washington.

In the field of astrophysics, a black hole is regarded as a massive cosmic object in space, which can suck up stars, planets, gas or any kind of electromagnetic radiation approaching it.

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