This is the first-ever image of a black hole.
The photo was captured using eight telescopes placed on five different continents, which together formed a virtual telescope the size of the Earth called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT).
The image was released on April 10, 2019—it’s the first time scientists have direct visual evidence of a black hole and its shadow.
The black hole’s shadow is seen in the middle circle. The ring of light around the shadow is a collection of chaotic photons that didn’t get sucked into the black hole. It was this ring of light that the EHT project first observed.
The black hole is 55 million light-years from Earth and has 6.5 billion times the mass of the sun. It resets at the center of Messier 87, a galaxy in the Virgo cluster of galaxies.