A world-spanning network of telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope zoomed in on the supermassive monster in the galaxy M87 to create this first-ever picture of a black hole.
But some black holes, especially supermassive ones dwelling in galaxies’ centers, stand out by voraciously accreting bright disks of gas and other material.
The EHT image reveals the shadow of M87’s black hole on its accretion disk.
Tiptoe any closer and you’d be inside the black hole — unable to report back on the results of any experiments.
EHT trained its sights on both M87’s black hole and Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
That black hole is 55 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo, about 2,000 times as far as Sgr A*.
Adding more telescopes could allow the team to extend the image, to better capture the jets that spew from the black hole. »