UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — For the first time ever, a black hole has been photographed.
The discovery has ties to UI. Until now, a black hole was considered unseeable. Thanks to this huge collaboration of astronomists all over the world, the existence of black holes is now fact.
It’s what makes this a huge technological victory. UI students were part of a group called the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. It’s where the photo came from.
It doesn’t look like much, but it’s the first time it’s happened. Three UI graduate students were part of the group. They studied the light which spins around the black hole by looking at general relativity.
The animations show one way the students studied the light around the black hole. They studied how it was spinning and what the area around the black hole would look like.
They made models as part of the study. Students say they’re excited about the discovery, but believe it’s only the start of future discoveries.