Scientists have revealed the first image ever made of a black hole. The image was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope Project.
The black hole sits at the center of Messier 87 which is a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster about 55 million light-years from Earth.
According to the National Science Foundation the dark spot is so gravitationally dense that light can not escape from it and the orange halos are hot gas emissions.
The emissions swirl around the black hole near the event horizon, the point where nothing can escape before falling into the black hole.
Astronomers assembled data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world to observe the black hole.
This effort to create an “Earth-sized” telescope resulted in five petabytes of five million gigabytes of data which researchers refined to create this historic first image.
The results are being published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.