The US National Science Foundation has scheduled a news conference in Washington to announce a "groundbreaking result from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project", an global partnership formed in 2012 to try to directly observe the immediate environment of a black hole.
"We've exposed a part of our universe we've never seen before", Shep Doeleman, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said when revealing the first picture ever taken of a black hole.More news: Sanders, O'Rourke face off in Iowa; other hopefuls in NH, SC
The Event Horizon Telescope uses a bunch of radio telescopes of different capacities, spread around Earth, that are linked together to combine signals. Because of this enormous mass, black holes warp spacetime, heating the dust and gas around them to extreme temperatures, according to NSF. Many marveled at how much the film's rendering of a black hole called Gargantua resembled the image released on Wednesday.
The reveal of the image is a huge milestone for the study of black holes. Black holes exist from the size of a human cell to more massive than the sun.More news: Antonio Brown, JuJu engage in Twitter war of words
Two years ago, an worldwide collective of scientists joined forces to take pictures of two black holes located at the centers of galaxies.
Scientists said the discovery "pushes the boundaries of modern science".
While others took issue with the apparent lack of clarity and blurriness of the image, despite the superhuman efforts of the scientists and astronomers. Black holes form from remnants of a large star that dies in a supernova explosion. Situated at the centre of most galaxies, including ours, they are so dense that nothing, not even light, can escape their gravitational pull.
A black hole's gravity creates a funhouse effect where you can see light from both behind the black hole and behind you as the light curves and circles around the black hole.More news: US President Trump says has not read Mueller report