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First ever photo of black hole looks like Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A global network of telescopes was used to photograph the black hole
  • The black hole photographed is located 54 million light-years from Earth
  • Black holes were first theorised by Albert Einstein

In the end, the black hole turned out to be literally just that -- a black hole surrounded by a ring of angry yellow-red flames. To some, including a scientist, the black hole was reminiscent of the powerful flaming Eye of Sauron from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

An international team of scientists this evening presented a breakthrough in astrophysics -- the first-ever photo of a black hole, a space-time phenomenon theorised by Albert Einstein and later, Stephen Hawking.

According to the popular theory, black holes are regions in space with such powerful gravitational effect that they pull in everything from matter and light to time itself.

Scientists today presented the first ever image of a black hole. The picture was shot using a global network of telescopes.

The research was conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, an international collaboration begun in 2012 to try to directly observe the immediate environment of a black hole using a global network of Earth-based telescopes.


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