In 2019, we had a chance to see the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole. And today, The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration revealed an image that could be even more impressive. This is the first polarized black hole photo, showing its magnetic fields.
Around this time last year, the National Science Foundation and Event Horizon Telescope captured the first-ever photo of a black hole. Thanks to the latest research, future images will get even more impressive. The scientists have discovered a new method that will allow them to capture black hole photos in even more detail and perfectly sharp.
I’ve read The Onion headlines and McSweeney’s pieces that have knocked me off my chair. I can still remember staying up late during high school to watch Saturday Night Live sketches like “Change Bank,” or Dave Chapelle’s Killing Me Softly on HBO. I’m a person who can appreciate good humor and satire.
This is neither.
On 10 April 2019, the world has seen the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole. Some people were staring in awe, some were complaining that the image took over their news feeds, and yet the others started making memes out of it. But Visual China Group (VCG) tried selling it on its website. Since the photo is under the Creative Commons license, this move caused a massive public outcry.
For the first time ever, we can see a photo of a supermassive black hole. National Science Foundation and Event Horizon Telescope captured the gigantic black hole and its shadow at the heart of distant galaxy Messier 87. And today, they shared their impressive image with the world.