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First Image of 'Monster’ Black Hole Released

World | Associated Press | April 10, 2019, 8:17 pm
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 In a historic feat, astronomers announced on Wednesday that they have captured the first-ever image of a black hole in a distant galaxy -- the biggest tribute to the late Stephen Hawking who theorised about the existence of black holes emitting radiation in the universe. (Image: AP)

In a historic feat, astronomers announced on Wednesday that they have captured the first-ever image of a black hole in a distant galaxy -- the biggest tribute to the late Stephen Hawking who theorised about the existence of black holes emitting radiation in the universe. (Image: AP)

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 The Submillimeter Array, part of the Event Horizon Telescope network on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Scientists on Wednesday, April 10, revealed the first image ever made of a black hole using these telescopes. (Image: AP)

The Submillimeter Array, part of the Event Horizon Telescope network on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Scientists on Wednesday, April 10, revealed the first image ever made of a black hole using these telescopes. (Image: AP)

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 Shepherd Doeleman shows the first image of a black hole during the press conference in Washington. The team of scientists took almost 12 years to capture the image of a black hole. (Image: Reuters)

Shepherd Doeleman shows the first image of a black hole during the press conference in Washington. The team of scientists took almost 12 years to capture the image of a black hole. (Image: Reuters)

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 The image -- taken by a network of eight telescopes across the world -- shows luminous gas swirling around a supermassive black hole at the centre of

The image -- taken by a network of eight telescopes across the world -- shows luminous gas swirling around a supermassive black hole at the centre of "Messier 87", a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) said in a statement. Described by the scientists as "a monster", the black hole resides 55 million light years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. (Image: Reuters)

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