“One of the unbreakable laws of physics is that nothing can move faster than the speed of light,” said Brad Snios with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics about results of new research of the iconic M87 black hole jet in radio, optical, and X-ray light. “We haven’t broken physics, but we have found an example of an amazing phenomenon called superluminal motion.”
“We’ve been studying black holes so long that sometimes it’s easy to forget that none of us has actually seen one,” said France Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation, which funded the effort to capture humanity’s first image of a black hole with the Event Horizon Telescope, actually 10 telescopes, linked across four continents in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Spain, and Antarctica, and designed to scan the cosmos in radio waves. For a few days in April 2017, the observatories studied the skies in tandem, creating a gargantuan telescope nearly the size of Earth.
“We are giving humanity its first view of a black hole — a one-way door out of our universe,” said EHT project director Sheperd S. Doeleman of the Center for Astrophysics, of yesterday’s release of the image of the massive black hole at the center of elliptical galaxy M87 as it was 55 million years ago “This is a landmark in astronomy, an unprecedented scientific feat accomplished by a team of more than 200 researchers.”
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has recently announced that the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project has just made a groundbreaking black hole discovery. The ESO announced that there would be a press conference about the recent discovery that is set to take place on April 10th at 15:00 CEST.
At the center of our Milky Way Galaxy lies a monster black hole, Sagittarius A*, that contains about 4 million times more material than our sun. Yet it’s a sleeping giant. Compared to the giant black holes in the centers of other galaxies, our black hole is strangely quiet.