First ever black hole image released
Astronomers have taken the first ever image of a black hole, which is located in a distant galaxy.
It measures 40 billion km across – three million times the size of the Earth – and has been described by scientists as “a monster”.
The black hole is 500 million trillion km away and was photographed by a network of eight telescopes across the world.
It was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a network of eight linked telescopes.
Meet Katie Bouman is the MIT student who developed the algorithm that pieced together the data from the EHT. Without her contribution the project would not have been possible.
A 29-year-old computer scientist has earned plaudits worldwide for helping develop the algorithm that created the first-ever image of a black hole.