Did Astronomers Snap First Ever Photo of Black Hole?

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Event Horizon

(Posh Goth) - On April 10th, researchers at the European Southern Observatory in Germany are expected to hold a press conference to discuss their findings from the Event Horizon Telescope. Rumors have been circulating throughout the scientific community for days that the first ever image of a black hole will be released to the public during this press conference. 

Astronomers that are part of a network of worldwide scientists and telescopes that make up the Event Horizon Telescope collective have been studying two primary targets in the Milky Way; Sagittarius A* and M87.

Sagittarius A* has been observed to be an elliptical, compact radio source seated at the center of the Milky Way, bordering the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius

Sagittarius A*Sagittarius A*. This image was taken with NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Ellipses indicate light echoes.

M87 (also known as Messier 87) is a massive elliptical galaxy housing trillions upon trillions of stars. 

Messier 87Messier object 87 by Hubble space telescope

Since 2006, scientists working with the Event Horizon Telescope have been making attempts at obtaining an image of a black hole from these two targets. If the April 10th press conference rumors are to be believed, photographic proof of black holes would undoubtedly send ripples across the physics community. To date, there has been no photographic evidence that black holes even exist - it has all been speculation on scientists' parts. Astronomers and physicists have been historically basing their assumptions on data collection and mathematical equations in their effort to prove that black holes actually exist. 

The ESO press conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium starting at 9 a.m. EDT on April 10th. It will be streamed on YouTube and on the ESO website as well as social media.

Read the official press release from the European Southern Observatory

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