Watch the first image of a black hole get revealed
The Event Horizon Telescope has captured the first real-life picture of the supermassive singularity at the center of the Milky Way.
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It's a historic day for astronomy, and perhaps the beginning of a new chapter in how we understand the universe and the fundamental laws of physics. Scientists on Wednesday unveiled the first-ever direct image of a black hole and you can watch the grand reveal right here.
Without further delay, here's the image everyone's been waiting for:
The image, the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow, reveals the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. This black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun.
The embedded live feed above comes from a press conference taking place in Belgium, hosted by the European Research Council. Simultaneous press events will also take place in Santaigo, Chile in Spanish; Shanghai (Mandarin), Tokyo (Japanese); Taipei, Taiwan (Mandarin), and Washington, DC. (English).
Depending on what the first images of the mysterious and powerful cosmic object show scientists, it could help verify or cast doubt upon long-held ideas about gravity and the nature of existence itself. This is easily the most important photo of something 26,000 light-years away that you'll ever see.