A black hole is a region of space having a gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape from it. This is a place in which items get lost and disappear forever without a trace.
There has always been a knowledge about what a black hole is and what it looks like, but the image of an actual black hole has never been taken.
A group of astronomers have finally taken the pictures of one which were recently released. This achievement has become a thing of historic accomplishment in the world of science.
According to CNN, the astronomers revealed that the black hole which was taken is located in a distant galaxy. It measures 40 billion kilometers which is three million times the size of the earth.
It was gathered that the black hole is 500 million trillion kilometers away from earth, and the astronomers were only able to take the image with the help of eight telescopes which were placed across the world.
The scientist who conducted the experiment, Professor Heino Falcke of Radboud University in the Netherlands, revealed that the black hole was found in a galaxy called M87.
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Falcke also explained that the black hole is larger than the entire solar system. He said: "It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe."
"What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System."
Other scientist have described the images found as exactly what Hollywood filmmakers imagined a black hole will look like.
Dr Ziri Younsi of University College London who was also part of the experiment said: "Although they are relatively simple objects, black holes raise some of the most complex questions about the nature of space and time, and ultimately of our existence."
"It is remarkable that the image we observe is so similar to that which we obtain from our theoretical calculations. So far, it looks like Einstein is correct once again."
A video of the group of scientists working on the discovery was shared on Twitter by the National Science Foundation.
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