Scientists and astronomers have been able to take pictures of planets, moons, and even other galaxies for years. So why would snapping a pic of a black hole be any different? .The quick answer is lack of light. All photographers need it, and black holes are not offering any. The National Science Foundation puts it this way. "A black hole has such strong gravitational effects on space-time that not even light can escape. No light means no black hole photos."
What's different now is The Event Horizon Telescope (or EHT). This picture released today was more like a photo conglomeration of a black hole called M87, which is estimated to be 53 million light years away. The EHT system used eight telescopes strategically placed around the world to make this work. From the combined radio wave data, scientists were able to see the silhouette of a black hole. Now we all can.
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