Astronomers and scientists have finally taken the first image of the much talked ‘Black Hole’ located in a distant galaxy Messier 87, located in the Virgo cluster some 55 million light years away.
The black hole is three million times the size of the Earth and measures 40 billion km and has been described as “a monster” by the scientists. It is 500 million trillion km away and was photographed by.using a combination of eight radio observatories spread out along four continents.
The images captured show a intensely bright and fiery ‘ring of fire’ surrounding a circular dark hole. The black hole’s shadow is the dark region in the center. It is the spot where gravity’s pull is so strong not even light can escape. The bright halo or ring is caused by superheated gas falling into the hole. The light is brighter than all the billions of other stars in the galaxy combined.
Prof. Heino Falcke of Radboud University in the Netherlands told BBC “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.” As a matter of fact, the black hole is so massive that it has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun.
Having the first image of Black Hole has paved way for researchers to learn more about these mysterious objects in the space. The reason behind how the bright ring around the hole is created is still a mystery.