First Image Ever of a Black Hole

The European Southern Observatory just released, the first image ever, of a black hole. It’s awe striking to be able to witness this in my lifetime, that we finally have visual evidence of one of these mysterious celestial behemoths. I can’t help, but feel it’s a shame Steven Hawking was not able to witness this event.

In the grand scheme of things, this is a major achievement in science and yet we know so little about the universe and what secret it holds. As a space enthusiast, I wonder what future discoveries we might witness in our lifetime.

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that they have succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow.