The First Close up Image Of A Black Hole

All images you have seen from a black hole are mesmerizing. An actual picture of a black hole doesn’t exist, but soon that will change. Black holes are quite difficult to photograph for many reasons.

Black holes in general do not look as much. These holes can’t reflect light since it is absorbed by them and cannot escape. Also, we can’t truly detect if they emit any light. They can be millions or even billions of times the mass of the sun and still not take that much area on the sky. All of their mass is compressed into a small space. The closest hole to earth is located in the middle of the Milky Way. It is estimated to be 26,000 light years away from us. In order to be able to see something of that size we would need a telescope with the highest quality resolution.

Illustrations you have seen of black holes are not complete lies. There exists numerous data and research that prove these holes exist. The best evidence scientists have found are their surroundings. They wrap huge amounts of gas that charge plasma around them, so when it orbits it creates a white-hot color making them easier to be seen.

With the help of the Event Horizon Telescope we will be able to learn new information on black holes. The telescope is in the process of trying to get a clear image of the black hole found in the center of our Milky Way known as Sagittarius A*. The team of scientists expect to produce results by the end of this year. If it succeeds we will learn 4 major components of black holes. First, the accretion disk will be seen to the human eye letting us know the size and shape of a black holes shadow. Secondly, how do accretion disks form and feed on black holes. Third, where do black hole jest originate? Finally, we could answer if Einstein’s theory of relativity is correct.

It is amazing just about how many questions we could answer from a picture. Taking the picture of the black hole will mark the most extreme test of general relativity. Being able to see something like this lets us build a new perspective of the universe. For sure, if the image goes through, many minds around the world will be blown.        

Aryanna Morales

My name is Aryanna. I am a senior who loves writing. I am from Bolivia. My favorite food is lentil saise. A word that would describe me would be creative.

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