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The first ever picture of a black hole released

The black hole is surrounded by a halo of bright gas

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As a breakthrough, astronauts have now released the first ever pictures of a black hole. Located in a distant galaxy, the black hole measures about 40 billion km across, about three million times the size of the Earth. Scientists have been describing it as a monster.

Photographed with a network of eight telescopes across the world, the black hole is estimated to be situated about 500 million trillion km away from the world.

Details were published today in Astrophysical Journal Letters.

According to Prof Heino Falcke, of Radboud University in the Netherlands in conversation with BBC News that the black hole was found in a galaxy called M87.

“What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System,” he reported.

“It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe,” he added further.

Prof Heino Falcke: "We still have to understand how the light is generated"

Citing the reason behind the black hole being visible from a distance at Earth, the professor stated, the black hole is surrounded by superheated gas that falls into the hole. The light, brighter than all other billions of stars in the galaxy combined, is the main reason the black hole is visible from the Earth.

The pictures, that have released have confirmed how physicists thought the black hole would look like and exactly how all Hollywood movies have been showing their audiences.

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the authorLaiba Sabeen

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