Black hole images support Einstein’s theory of gravity and disappoint scientists investigating cracks.


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The first image of Sagittarius A *, or Sgr A *, a supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy.Event Horizon Telescope collaboration

  • International team released the first image of the Milky Way black hole Thursday..

  • Researchers say this image helps confirm the predictions from Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

  • The same device, called the Event Horizon Telescope, captured images of black holes for the first time in 2019.

A global research team with the Event Horizon Telescope captured the light around us Supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A *, released the first image in history. A new postcard from the center of our Milky Way galaxy will help confirm the predictions from Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

“I was surprised at how well the size of the ring matched the predictions from Einstein’s general theory of relativity,” said Jeffrey Bauer, an EHT collaborator and astronomer at Academia Sinica in Taipei. Said in a statement.. “These unprecedented observations greatly improve our understanding of what is happening in the center of our galaxy, and how these giant black holes interact with their surroundings. Provides new insights into what. “

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A manuscript showing the initial calculations of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity at the Christie’s Auction House in Paris in 2021.Aranjo Card / Getty Images

A century ago, Albert Einstein Black Hole — A point in space where neither particles nor light can escape from them because gravity is so strong. For the past 100 years, scientists have repeatedly tested Einstein’s general theory of relativity in an attempt to find situations and situations in which it is lacking. They haven’t found it yet.

Due to the event horizon of black hole events, researchers Witness the most extreme gravityTherefore, we check whether Einstein’s general theory of relativity holds. Einstein’s theory of how matter behaves around a black hole has consistently passed space tests, and Thursday’s Sagittarius A * headshot is no exception. Einstein even predicted the symmetrical shapes taken by scientists.

“Taking a picture of a black hole in the center of our galaxy is an incredible achievement, which shows that Einstein was right again,” said Syracuse, who was not involved in space photography. Duncan Brown, a professor of physics at the university, said in a press release. “This image shows a hot gas swirling around a black hole in the center of our galaxy. The gas is moving at about the speed of light,” Brown added.

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The first image made of a black hole by Event Horizon Telescope, released in April 2019.Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration / Mauna Kea Observatory

The new image is not the first time researchers have been able to take an image of a supermassive black hole. In 2019, in collaboration with Event Horizon Telescope First image of a black hole, M87 *, located in the farther center of the Messier 87 galaxy. The Milky Way black hole is 1/1000, but the images of the two black holes are similar.

As more black holes are taken their headshots, researchers can continue to investigate Einstein’s theory for cracks.

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