For us, the sheer power of a black hole is something that we do not want to experience. The fact that we can be swallowed up at any given moment is frightening and amazing at the same time.
However, we have never seen a picture of a black hole due to it being well, a black hole. We have known of them for decades now, but soon we will see an actual picture of a black hole.
Next Wednesday, at several press briefings around the world, scientists will apparently unveil humanity’s first-ever photo of a black hole, the European Space Agency said in a statement. What is even more amazing is where the picture is coming from. The black hole, “Sagittarius A,” is at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
But aren’t black holes, well, black, and thus invisible, so none of our telescopes can “see” them? Yes – therefore the image we’re likely to see will be of the “event horizon,” the edge of the black hole where light can’t escape.
Even that will be challenging, however, as the black hole at the center of our galaxy is “shrouded in a thick cloud of dust and gas,” according to Science Alert. Even more confounding is that spacetime around a black hole is “weird.”
The picture might be hard to see at first. This is due to the fact that black holes are actually collapsed stars. Their gravity is so strong that even light can not escape from the grasp of the hole. So the photo may show a dark blob surrounded by a ring of bright light, according to Yahoo.
Science News said that the black hole research was done using the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of eight radio observatories around the world.
It was reported by Popular Mechanics that this announcement taking place next week, whatever it could be, will be something that we have never seen before.
Press briefings will be held simultaneously in the U.S, Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tokyo.