First image of black hole marks ‘huge breakthrough for humanity’
Scientists on Wednesday revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting a fiery orange and black ring of gravity-twisted light swirling around the edges of the abyss.
Assembling data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world, astronomers captured a picture of the hot, shadowy edges of a supermassive black hole, the light-sucking monsters of the universe theorised by Albert Einstein more than a century ago and confirmed by observations for decades. It is along those edges that light bends around itself in a cosmic funhouse effect. “We have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole. Here it is,” said Sheperd Doeleman of Harvard.
天文学家们整合了世界各地8台射电望远镜收集的数据，捕捉到了一个超大质量黑洞的炽热模糊边缘。超大质量黑洞是一个多世纪前阿尔伯特•爱因斯坦(Albert Einstein提出的理论，是宇宙中吸光的怪物，几十年来的观测证实了这一理论。正是沿着这些边缘，光在宇宙的哈哈镜效应中围绕自身弯曲。哈佛大学的Sheperd Doeleman 称：“我们看到了原以为看不到的东西。我们已经看到并?#21335;?#20102;黑洞的照片。”
Jessica Dempsey, a co-discoverer and deputy director of the East Asian Observatory in Hawaii, said it reminded her of the powerful flaming Eye of Sauron from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Data needed to construct the picture was gathered in April 2017 by the Event Horizon Telescope, a joined-up network of eight radio telescopes spread across the globe.
杰西卡·登普西是夏威夷东亚天文台)的副台长，是黑洞项目的联合发现者。她说，这让她想起了《指环王》三部曲中索伦那只强大的火眼。构建这幅照片所需的数据是由事件视界望远镜(Event Horizon Telescope)在2017年4月收集的。事件视界望远镜是一个由遍布全球的8台射电望远镜组成的联合网络。
Three years ago, scientists using an extraordinarily sensitive observing system heard the sound of two much smaller black holes merging to create a gravitational wave. The new image, published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters and announced around the world in several news conferences, adds light to that sound. While much around a black hole falls into a death spiral and is never to be seen again, the new image captures “lucky gas and dust” circling at just far enough to be safe and seen millions of years later on Earth, Dempsey said.
That's because that light is approaching Earth. The project cost $50 million to $60 million, with $26 million of that coming from the National Science Foundation.
Congratulating EU-funded researchers, who played a key role in the historic project, European Commissioner Carlos Moedas, responsible for research, science and innovation, said: “Fiction often inspires science, and black holes have long fuelled our dreams and curiosity. Today, thanks to the contribution of European scientists, the existence of black holes is no longer just a theoretical concept. This amazing discovery proves again how working together with partners around the world can lead to achieving the unthinkable and moving the horizons of our knowledge.”
President of the European Research Council (ERC), professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, said, “I congratulate scientists across the globe who made this inspiring discovery and pushed the frontiers of our knowledge. I’m especially glad to see that scientists funded by the European Research Council contributed decisively to this breakthrough.”
Lullauddin - ahmedabad - 14 hours ago -Follow
Pappu and Co will go there after 23 may
Judge Dread - 13 hours ago -Follow
I see a bunch of mor*ns commenting on this great news related to the Congress and the BJP. What losers !! Their small world revolves around political parties irrespective of the news.
MrBoobs - Right Here - 13 hours ago -Follow
The Indian version of black holes is Congress where huge sun''s of Indian corruption money is amassed in atiny space called Swiss accounts
Anonymous - 13 hours ago
Pappu wants more evidence of the existance of blackholes.
Rajesh - 13 hours ago -Follow
how did Einstein was able to tell us so accurately without the picture which we captured for the first time...!! what genius he was...
Tukaram - 14 hours ago -Follow
A great leap forward indeed to mankind in relation to Universe.
Rafael Federer - 12 hours ago -Follow
Forget about black holes which are billions of kilometers away, let''s make this beautiful planet of Earth much better and not spoil it. There''s huge amount of plastic being thrown into oceans and let''s live all happily rather than involving in wars.
Fossil By Then - 5 hours ago -Follow
OMG! What a waste of news for Indians! It''s got nothing to do with religion, caste, regionalism or politics..
Vaibhav - New Delhi - 13 hours ago -Follow
Albert Einstein is surely the most brilliant scientific brain mankind has ever produced. His theories and postulates are still being investigated through current technology and are being found correct.
Orchid - Chennai, India - 5 hours ago -Follow
To think that the black alone has a mass over 600 crore times that of our sun, simply dwarfs every thing known to man. Hats off to the astronomers for helping us ordinary people to see actual pictures of the black hole. Congrats to the scientists and visionaries for making this possible...
Afaq Naik - 12 hours ago -Follow
First fill the holes on the road - waste of money - in universe research
Amar - 14 hours ago -Follow
What is the use of this picture which can never be verified by anyone nor useful for any of our practical lives....keep looking at space...there are unlimited stuff there but we can''t leave the earth!!! Reality
Chandrashekhar - nepal - 5 hours ago -Follow
telescope is capturing the image which happend in past 55 million years and the black hole may be not existed there in present time...
ans size of humanity and past of human civilization is just nothing in front of it.
Indian Indian - 13 hours ago -Follow
This image is 54 millions light years ago but what is the present situation now just think....
Kavitha - 4 hours ago -Follow
this fantastic discovery just confirm the inevitable destructive end of our universe,eventhough it may take a trillion trillion years.but still mankind as we know will fight for inane things ,fighting over borders,fighting over wealth and property when its a forgone conclusion that nothing will remain forever in the times to come.