Black Hole: First Real Image Unveiled, Size, Name, and Information

An empty space? Or a matter packed so greatly that no one can escape? A black hole remains the most fascinated object in space that tickles every researchers’ minds.

With recent developments in the science, NASA has been able to explain what constitutes a black hole, and mostly with the predictions of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Let’s explore what all is known about this mysterious phenomenon of the black hole.

When a huge star dies due to a supernova explosion, the remnants of such stars form a black hole. This black hole will attract the nearby interstellar matter and because of the high gravitational force, nothing can escape it. The matter when pulled inward by it heats up, it then radiates x-rays.

The black holes have a devasting effect on the nearby matter. The black hole is estimated to be ten times the mass of the Sun squeezed in a city similar to New York. It is no less than a magnificent view when the collapsing stars reach the event horizon and time pauses, no further actions are done, it’s like frozen!

M87 black hole is 6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun.
M87 black hole is 6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun.

NASA has been trying to track the activities and the real image of the black hole and has been successful in providing with a breakthrough. With data exceeding 5 petabytes that had to be carried physically and had o be processed for over 2 years through the various Event Horizon Telescopes. Katie Bouman is the graduate student who has been able to provide the world with the first ever picture of a black hole.

Humanity has been given the glimpse of the universe’s destructive forces. It is believed that there exist many black holes in every galaxy, small and big, but there is one big black hole in the center of the galaxy that may be million times bigger than the Sun. This has confirmed what Einstein had said about the back holes, seems like his predictions are passing each test successfully and scientifically too. Another mention goes to  Stephen Hawkings for his work about the colossal masses that has provided with groundwork to the scientists. In essence with our past scientists and current technology, we have been able to capture the uncapturable. Science will amaze us with more such wonderful and ground-breaking projects.

What is the name of Black Hole?

The Black Hole has been given a name. It’s christened Powehi which is a Hawaiian phrase referred to “embellished dark source of unending creation.”


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