The Christian Science Monitor

A black hole, once a mathematical curiosity, is brought to light

Blue Marble, meet Black Shadow.

In what Carlos Moedas, the European commissioner of research, called “a huge breakthrough for humanity,” the Event Horizon Telescope team revealed the first-ever image of the “shadow” of a black hole.

The color-shifted image, an ethereal swirling glow encircling a stark black disc, shows millimeter-wave radiation surrounding a black hole at the center of M87, a galaxy more than 50 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo.

Created using data from eight radio telescopes around the earth run by a global consortium of scientific institutions, the Event Horizon Telescope’s image could prove as much of an iconic image of a black hole

Stai leggendo un'anteprima, registrati per continuare a leggere.

Altro da The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor5 min lettiMedical
Israel Is A Vaccination Leader, But It Labors To Reach Arab Citizens
Israel’s lauded immunization campaign must overcome Arab citizens’ mistrust, which exacerbates their doubts about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Christian Science Monitor6 min letti
As Ocean Empties, Senegal's Fishermen Risk Seas For New Life In Europe
Spain’s Canary Islands face an influx of migration, as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies many West African migrants’ determination to reach Europe.
The Christian Science Monitor2 min letti
Blursday, Doomscrolling, And The Words Of 2020
The year 2020 gave rise to so many new words that the editors at Oxford Languages couldn’t pick just one word of the year (WOTY).