Scientists have finally taken the picture of a black hole. After observing the night sky for five days, astronomers took the first image of the event horizon of a black hole.
The event horizon is the surrounding are of the black hole after which nothing can be observed, as any object including light is consumed by the black hole, the lack of any light source giving black holes their name.
Team member Mr Fish had to remain vigilant for the last week as he slept with his phone sitting next to his head, waiting for a sudden call.
Therefore, when finally the observations were complete and they had the first images, Mr Fish was relieved. He said: “I’m very happy and very relieved, and I’m looking forward to getting a good night’s sleep.’
According to astronomer Heino Falcke, “Even if the first images are still crappy and washed out, we can already test for the first time some basic predictions of Einstein’s theory of gravity in the extreme environment of a black hole.’
According to Albert Einstein, as matter affect space-time and causes it to warp, this results in gravity. The existence of black hole proved Einstein’s theory. However, Einstein wasn’t exactly sure they were real, and astronomers do not have solid evidence that a black hole exists at the centre of each galaxy.
Falcke commented that the new images taken “will turn black holes from some mythical object to something concrete that we can study.”