First picture of a Black Hole

Dylan Scott

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The first ever image of a black hole was captured on April 10, 2019. The black hole was named M87 and was captured in the galaxy messier 87. It is approximately 53.49 million light year away. The black hole is 13.24 billion years old and an apparent mass ~of 2,400 billion M☉. It is filled with over one trillion stars and has actually been photographed. It was no easy task to get a picture however, astronomers had to make a telescope the size of earth (which isn’t possible) so they went ahead and made 8 telescopes and put them all around the world to simulate one big telescope and they got an image. Another black hole was discovered in the center of the milky way galaxy and was named Sagittarius A*. Below is a picture of M87.