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Shadow of a Black Hole

Shadow of a Black Hole

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 10 April 2019



First Light, from the Supermassive Black Hole in M87
First Image of a Black Hole, the supermassive at the center of M87, Thanks to Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al.
Using the Event Horizon Telescope, scientists obtained an image of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87, outlined by emission from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon. Much credit to Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al. Big Image.

A Hole in Spacetime
Now Imagine this in all four dimensions...

Event Horizon, JohnsonMartin, pixabay.
JohnsonMartin, pixabay

Shadow of a Black Hole

Black Hole Image Makes History; NASA Telescopes Coordinated Observations,
NASA, April 10, 2019.


This is the first image with enough resolution to observe the outline of a black hole. We are seeing the shadow of the black hole cast onto the light generated by the destruction of matter being sucked into it.

Observing the Hole at the Center
of the
M87 Galaxy in the Constellation Virgo

“…an elliptical galaxy...”

“...55 million light-years from Earth.”

“…shows the shadow of the supermassive black hole in the center of Messier 87 (M87)...”

“...6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun.”

Image Capture
“...eight ground-based radio telescopes around the globe, operating together as if they were one telescope the size of our entire planet.”

X-Ray Vision
“...all attuned to different varieties of X-ray light...”

Big Jet Shooting Out of M87
“NASA space telescopes have previously studied a jet extending more than 1,000 light-years away from the center of M87. The jet is made of particles traveling near the speed of light, shooting out at high energies from close to the event horizon.”

Check that bad boy out:

Massive Jet Shooting out of the Black Hole at the Center of Distant Galaxy M87
 NASA/CXC/Villanova University/J. Neilsen.
Chandra X-ray Observatory close-up of the core of the M87 galaxy.
Credits: NASA/CXC/Villanova University/J. Neilsen.

This makes one think that Black Hole activity could be quite deadly for any civilizations on planets in the neighborhood of these fireworks...

Black Hole Plasma Planet Killer Beam


Black Hole, "Photo,"
Background Information
History of Black Holes to this First View 

What the Sight of a Black Hole Means to a Black Hole Physicist,
Quanta, April 10, 2019.


What Do Black Holes Look Like?

Note how close the simulation of the Black Hole at the center of our galaxy, published in June of 2018, below, is to the actual image of M87's image above:

Black Hole Simulation Videos

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Locate this Hole in the Sky

Messier 87, "M87," in the Constellation Virgo

NASA page.

M87 is located In the Northeastern portion Constellation Virgo, specifically, within the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. M87’s unmarked position on the star chart below is located to the right of the Northernmost, upper star in Virgo, below the Coma Cluster in Coma Berenices.The M87 galaxy itself appears as a faint mag 9 smudge from Earth, with binoculars required to see it…

Nonetheless, we can identify its position in the night sky.

Star Chart
12h 30m
+12° 23′ 28.043

The Big Picture
Above we strive to locate M87 in Virgo, in our night skies. The chart below takes on a different perspective. It locates M87 within our, "local neighborhood," in this part of the Universe, in relation to our position in, "the local group," of galaxies that our, "Milky Way Galaxy," is flying in formation with.

The Virgo Cluster in the Universe, in relation to our position in our Local Group of galaxies.

More Supercluster Information
New Galactic Supercluster Map Shows Milky Way's 'Heavenly' Home

Ancient Black Hole Engine of Life & Death: Abell 2597



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