On Wednesday, April 10, the world is getting a new look into space. For the first time in history, an image of a black hole has been released.
According to NPR, a research team from the Event Horizon Telescope project was the group that released the image. The group said that the photo shows the disc "outlined by emission from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon."
According to reports, the black hole can be found at "the heart of the elliptical galaxy M87."
Harvard's EHT Director Shep Doeleman said, "I am delighted to report that we have, for the first time we have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have taken the first picture of a black hole."
National Science Foundation Director France A. Córdova said, "As an astrophysicist, this is a thrilling day for me."
Principal investigator on BlackHoleCam, Heino Falcke, said, "You have probably seen many, many images of black holes before. But they were all simulations or animations. And this [image] is precious to us all, because this is one is finally real."
After the image was released, several people on social media laughed at the image, noting its similarity to the ring in Lord of the Rings!
Congrats to everyone who had worked on this project! This is a remarkable moment in history. In other recent news, the Trump family just announced there is a new baby on the way!