First Image of a Black Hole!

First Image of a Black Hole!

This is the first-ever image of a black
hole released by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration on April 10th
2019 It shows plasma orbiting the
supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy M87. The bright region shows
where plasma is coming towards us and since it’s traveling near the speed of
light it appears brighter when coming towards us and dimmer when going away.
This is called relativistic beaming. From the images scientists can tell that the
plasma is orbiting clockwise. It takes around 2 days for the plasma to complete
one orbit. Here we are looking at the black hole using electromagnetic waves
with a wavelength of 1.3 millimeters – radio waves. This was the part of the
spectrum used to make the image because it can show us the features close in to
the event horizon and it can pass through the accretion disk and
interstellar dust to reach our telescopes. The supermassive black hole
in M87 is very active meaning it’s constantly feeding on lots of matter
from its glowing hot accretion disk, but it also has narrow collimated jets above
and below it here shown in blue, thought to be created by incredibly strong
magnetic fields. The jets extend out at least 5,000 lightyears and one of them
appears to be pointing almost straight at us.
Relativistic beaming is again the reason we can see the jet coming towards us in
this Hubble Space Telescope image but not the one going away.
Since the jet is pointed almost straight at us I’m thinking our perspective is
almost perpendicular to the accretion disk but let’s have a look at what we
would see if we were looking at different orientations. The warping of
space-time around the black hole means we can see light even from parts of the
accretion disk behind the black hole. They are lensed above and below the shadow region. Not gonna lie this is so trippy I could stare at it for a long time. So the
big question most people are going to be asking is why is the image so fuzzy? The answer is because it’s so tiny. Don’t get me wrong the black hole itself is
huge, supermassive in fact. As measured from this picture the black hole has a
mass 6.5 billion times that of our Sun. The actual size of its shadow is nearly
the size of our solar system, but located fifty three and a half million light
years away its size from our perspective is only about 40 micro arcseconds –
that’s the angle it makes on the sky. To understand what that means
take the whole sky and divide it into 180 degrees. Then divide a degree into 60
arcminutes and an arcminute into 60 arcseconds. Divide an arcsecond into a
hundred and into a hundred again and into a hundred once more and that is the
size of the black hole shadow only about 40 micro arcseconds. It puts us at the
very limit of what we are technologically capable of seeing. In
fact to get this sort of resolution due to the basic law of physics the
diffraction limit we needed a telescope the size of the Earth. That being
impractical the scientists used eight telescopes spread across the globe. They
all simultaneously observed M87 and as the earth rotated that helped fill in
the earth-sized telescope that they were trying to simulate. But M87 was not the
only black hole they looked at. They also observed the supermassive black hole at
the center of our Milky Way galaxy, Sagittarius A* – they haven’t yet release an image of this black hole, but this simulation shows what it might look like. it’s much closer at
around 26,000 light years away but also much smaller with a mass only four
million times that of our Sun. It’s also less active, only periodically gobbling
up matter, and it would have much more variation over time with matter orbiting
every four to thirty minutes. That’s probably why we’ll have to wait a little longer to see the black hole at the center of our galaxy. For now, the striking image of the black hole in M87 confirms beyond a shadow of a doubt that black
holes do exist. The general theory of relativity published over a hundred
years ago is supported again in spectacular fashion in the strongest
gravities and at the limits of our ability to test the
theory. What I love about moments like this is the ridiculous
extreme things these scientists did these 200 scientists in pursuit of a
goal that seemed impossible and yet they achieved it. I want to extend my personal
congratulations to everyone on the team for an amazing discovery. I’ll be linking
to all their work in the description

100 thoughts on “First Image of a Black Hole!

  1. Black hole can not be bigger than 300,000 kilometers a second in size inside horizon and everything a-rounded becomes liquid. And as neutrinos escape give explosions of jets of gamma rays on each sides north and south Magnetic 🧲 of the poles.

    Deuteronomy 4:19 New International Version (NIV)

    19 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.

    Psalm 87

    Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.

    1He has founded his city on the holy mountain.
    2The Lord loves the gates of Zion
    more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.
    3Glorious things are said of you,
    city of God: a
    4“I will record Rahab b and Babylon
    among those who acknowledge me—
    Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush c —
    and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’ ” d
    5Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
    “This one and that one were born in her,
    and the Most High himself will establish her.”
    6The Lord will write in the register of the peoples:
    “This one was born in Zion.”
    7As they make music they will sing,
    “All my fountains are in you.”

  2. This is computer generated graphics. It is not a photographic image!!!!! What a swindle!! Today I read that they have been given a $ 3,000,000.00 $ prize by some " 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics"!!!!!! "A fool and his money are soon parted"!

  3. Checkout this cool Blackhole simulation app on your phone:

  4. Birth canal, holographic universe, cover of that book The Secret, the pupil of an eye and, and, and…maybe a garbage disposal? All cool no matter what you see here.

  5. Even light cant pass through event horizon in black hole, light travels faster than anything in the universe without a medium then how gravity absorbs light,is gravity more faster than light to absorb it,or light is really absorbed there or passing

  6. Thanks & Congratulations to each & every one who are related to this discover 😊. Well done!!! Lots of love from Bangladesh.

  7. For people who complains about the quality of the photo, that's like light years away, and me picturing just 1 meter away using my phone has a much more worse quality

  8. We are really limited in intelligent people for this it takes super intelligent internet YouTube it’s way to many topics to much bad images

  9. "This is the first ever image of a black hole" lol, no it's not, it is what your scientists "think" is a black hole, and that name…."Black Hole". You Humans are funny, you think that a black hole would even have a viewable event horizon, one you can see? Do you Humans really think you can see a black hole on its side….? "NASA Wants You to Know That Black Holes Are Even Crazier When Viewed from the Side"……Silly Humans, you have so much to learn. I will say one thing, humans are never dull and always entertaining.

  10. so what would happen if the black hole nearest us stopped gobbling up matter? what would happen if it stopped spinning or slowed down drastically?

  11. It all must be true and real because the animation shows us quite clearly that it obviously is true and real.

    "It's beyond a shadow of a doubt!"…pheeeew!!!…I was worried there for a moment…silly me!


  12. Black holes have no mass, they are no pressure points in the middle of a galaxy. When stars fall directly into them they release all their energy at once causing a quasar due to them not having any pressure to contain the energy. A vortex has no pressure in the middle so this is basically the vortex in spacetime due to the mass of an entire galaxy.
    Also i could elaborate more and i could be wrong in a sense, the accretion disk is where the "mass" is pulling the star apart in relation to the plain of inertia of the disk. If something like a singularity was truly infinite in mass then the sizes of black holes would all be the same in my mind, not correlating with the size of its galaxy.

  13. People: Its blur I can't set it properly

    Me: Its so far away dude the far is just how far you and your KPOP idol are

    People: So far away

  14. Mainstream data compilation fed to a computer to form that………image. There is no instrument on or above Earth, with enough definition to take such an image, no radio telescope array nor even the James Webb telescope ……. that isn't up there yet. So, please wait until mainstream science really has some truth in their findings.

  15. This is why it’s so hard to believe in God, because how can you dispute the raw and unadulterated truth? 👌 this is amazing…

  16. If the universe is (5 billion?) Years old. How many light years old would it be or is it measured in them? Because we measure distance in light years and if something was 1 billion light years away that means that it was there before the universe was created.

    Also all the stars and stuff we see are light years old and are probably gone maybe.

    If we traveled through space faster than the speed of light. Like 100x the speed of light or something and we go out far enough with a super powerful telescope couldn’t we see the earth before the dinosaurs and then if we move closer we could the dinosaurs? And if so could we see the asteroid hit the earth and see were it came from by following it back in time.
    This would be very hard and one would need incredible amounts of energy and speed to do so. But isn’t this technically possible???

  17. Wow there's 2.9K noobs/stupid people who doesn't understand Science. ಠಗಠ. Anyway this is a grand discovery of 21st century. Yay Scientists

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