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Scientists are on the verge of imaging a black hole's shadow for the first time.

February 3, 2019

Though we have plenty of data confirming that they exist, humanity has never directly seen an image of a black hole, the mysterious singularities that warp the spacetime continuum by virtue of their huge masses, producing such gravitational force that not even light can escape .

There have been many simulations and illustrations based on observations — including scientifically-inspired simulations of what the accretion disk might look like, such as the one ...

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Simulated, Scattered, and Unscattered Images of the Sgr A* black hole.

Lifting the Veil on the Heart of the Black Hole at the Heart of our Galaxy.

January 21, 2019
Cambridge, MA--A black hole four million times as massive as our Sun lurks at the center of the Milky Way. This black hole, called Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), swallows nearby material that glows brightly as it approaches the event horizon. This galactic furnace is key to understanding black holes, but our view of it is obscured by lumpy clouds of electrons throughout the Galaxy. These clouds stretch, blur, and crinkle the image of Sgr A*, making it appear as though the black hole is blocked by an enormous sheet of frosted glass. 

Now, a team of astronomers, led by...

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