CSU astronomer celebrates black hole imaging

(Cleveland) - By now, you've probably seen humanity's first ever photo of a black hole. Cleveland State University research astronomer Jay Reynolds says it's an incredible achievement, and more images are still coming in.

Eventually, Reynolds believes the technological impact may become as a great as the first moon landing, with many spin off technologies becoming consumer and business applications.

Reynolds tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 the achievement has already benefited scientific knowledge by confirming what we know about the black holes, and refining many of Albert Einstein's theories. Future images may reveal more of the mysteries of space, matter, and time.

The supermassive black hole was photographed by 8 radio telescopes involving 200 scientists. It was found in the core of supergiant elliptical galaxy Messier 87, which has a mass 7 billion times the Sun's.

Messier 87 is a supergiant elliptical galaxy in the constellation Virgo about 53 light years from Earth.

Visible in the photo are the crescent-shaped emission ring and central shadow, which are gravitationally magnified views of the black hole's photon ring and the photon capture zone of its event horizon.

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