Science NewsCurated by RSF Research Staff Home > Science News > Astronomers piece together first image of black hole After training a network of telescopes stretching from Hawaii to Antarctica to Spain at the heart of our galaxy for five nights running, astronomers said Wednesday they may have snapped the first-ever picture of a black hole. It will take months to develop the image, but if scientists succeed the results may help peel back mysteries about what the universe is made of and how it came into being. "Instead of building a telescope so big that it would probably collapse under its own weight, we combined eight observatories like the pieces of a giant mirror," said Michael Bremer, an astronomer at the International Research Institute for Radio Astronomy (IRAM) and a project manager for the Event Horizon Telescope. "This gave us a virtual telescope as big as Earth—about 10,000 kilometres (6,200 miles) is diameter," he told AFP. The bigger the telescope, the finer the resolution and level of detail. The targeted supermassive black hole is hidden in plain sight, lurking in the centre of the Milky Way in a region called the Sagittarius constellation, some 26,000 light years from Earth. Article: https://phys.org/news/2017-04-astronomers-piece-image-black-hole.html#jCp Related Posts: Echoes from the Abyss: evidence for Planck-scale structure at black hole horizons Researchers nearing first ever observation of the event horizon of a black hole How to hunt for a black hole with a telescope the size of Earth Detecting the space-memory signal of past gravitational wavesMay 26, 2017Bioelectrical patterns shown to be instrumental in regeneration and complex morphogenesisMay 25, 2017Astronomers Create the Largest Map of the UniverseMay 23, 2017Mysterious star resumes anomalous dimming; astronomers world-wide set to measure light coming from the systemMay 22, 2017Detection of a coherent magnetic bridge between galaxiesMay 19, 2017 Sharing is caring - please share this with your friends: Facebook Twitter If you like this content, you will love the Resonance Academy.