NSF Announces First Imaging of a Black Hole

Now you see it…well, you don’t, but not seeing it is what everyone was hoping for

Here’s what it looks like:

That’s the black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy, a “super giant elliptical galaxy”, some 53.5 million light years away and is 120,000 light years in diamater.  However, being spherical in size, its mass dwarfs the Milky way (which itself is estimated to be between 100 and 120 thousand LY in diamater, but spiral/disk shaped in form).

M87: By Chris Mihos (Case Western Reserve University)/ESO – http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1525a/, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41184851

The super massive black hole at the center of M87 is thought to be between 3.5×109 and 6.6×109 solar masses and is apprxomately .39 light years in diamater.

M87 is best seen during the months of March, April and May

Einstein’s predictions on general relativity and gravitation are being verified once again.

And, predictably, “science fiction has become science fact”.

Here’s a link to the live streamed NSF conference.


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