SA Astrophysicist Part of Historic Black Hole Team

SA Astrophysicist Part of Historic Black Hole Team

The scientists have successfully captured the image of a black hole for the first time and revealed the same to the public. And by using ultra-precise atomic clocks to synchronize the observations made from around the world, astronomers were able to resolve the shadow of the black hole at the center of the M87galaxy. It is along this edge that light bends around itself in a cosmic funhouse effect.

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"Science fiction has become science fact", University of Waterloo theoretical physicist Avery Broderick, one of the leaders of the research team of about 200 scientists from 20 countries, declared as the colorized orange-and-black picture was unveiled. "To make sure these observations were truly simultaneous, so that we could see the same wavefront of light as it landed on each telescope, we used extremely precise atomic clocks at each of the telescopes".

"We have taken the first picture of a black hole". In addition, black holes by definition are supposed to be invisible - although they can give off a shadow when they interact with the material around them. Situated at the centre of most galaxies, including ours, they are so dense that nothing can escape their gravitational pull.

Of all the forces in the Universe that we can not see - including dark energy and dark matter - none has frustrated human curiosity as thoroughly as the invisible, star-devouring monsters known as black holes.

The theory of black holes dates back to 1916 when Albert Einstein speculated their existence in his theory of Relativity.

The breakthrough was announced in a series of six papers published in a special issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Her background is in computer science and electrical engineering. Scientists involved in the discovery have simply described it as a "monster". The recent discovery has not come without its costs. Einstein even predicted the object's neatly symmetrical shape.

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The measurements were taken at a wavelength the human eye can not see, so the astronomers added color to the image, choosing gold and orange because the light is so hot.

Capturing the black hole some 55 million light-years away was a monumental task, likened to looking for a tennis ball on the Moon with the naked eye.

The black hole depicted in the image is about 6 billion times the mass of our sun and is in a galaxy called M87 that is about 53 million light years from Earth.

The gravity near a black hole is so strong that it warps the very fabric of space and time. By the end of the day, it would be familiar to millions of people as the first photograph ever taken of a black hole.

Deane's group will now focus on expanding their simulations to model a case in which light from the black hole may have preferred orientation, performing detailed simulations on new prospective sites, and exploring a range of probabilistic modelling techniques to extract the properties of the black hole shadow.

The project succeeded because of global cooperation among 20 countries and about 200 scientists at a cost of $50 million to $60 million, according to the National Science Foundation. Modern ones use the oscillating brightness of stars to guess at the planets that may orbit them, tugging these distant suns off balance. According to scientists, the bright halo around it is caused by superheated gas that falls into the hole.

"It visually captured what had been said to exist but never been seen by anyone". The yellow shows the side of the black hole spinning toward us and the reddish side is spinning away.

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