Black holes have fascinated science lovers and the wide public alike since the first modern solution for characterizing them in 1916 by the German physicist Karl Schwarzschild. It was a reminder of the wonder of nature, and a milestone in humanity's exploration of the heavens.
The fact that black holes do not allow light to escape makes viewing them hard.
The two devices measured the amount of X-ray generated by one of the jets emitted by the M87, and the results were compared with similar data collected by the Event Horizon Telescope.
By now, you're asking why they did not take a look at our very own galaxy's black hole, Sagittarius A, which is less than half the distance away (if not asking, you should be).
Doeleman says, 'If we had many more stations, then we could really start to see in real time movies of the black hole accretion and rotation'.
The high-energy particles which are present in the jets generated by M87's supermassive black hole, that come from an area situated near the event horizon, and the fact that it tends to alternate between dimming and brightening, randomly, is quite impressive.
Einstein's baby, general relativity (E=MC squared was his mistress), predicts that any object collapsing beyond a certain point would form a black hole, inside which a singularity would appear. As this field progresses further, and images of higher and higher resolution become available, we will be able to distinguish between the different underlying theories. Here on Planet Earth, the reflective glow of the photo brought to mind one of the 1990s biggest songs: Soundgarden's 1994 hit "Black Hole Sun". This gives us a new and more direct way to estimate the black hole parameters.
Previously, indirect evidence and a great deal of speculation had been published concerning the mysterious existence of black holes. "It could have easily have happened that the picture was much less clear and symmetric". The black hole can fit our entire solar system inside of it! This use of the focus also deepens the blacks, which improves the quality of the black holes center.