A handout photo provided by the European Southern Observatory shows the first photograph of the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. Photo: AFP

‘We’re seeing the unseeable’: Scientists reveal first true image of a black hole

  • Astronomers hold six press conferences simultaneously in Belgium, Chile, Shanghai, Japan, Taipei, and the US to unveil results from the Event Horizon Telescope
  • Black holes are so powerful that nothing nearby – not even light – can escape their gravitational pull
Topic |   Space

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A handout photo provided by the European Southern Observatory shows the first photograph of the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. Photo: AFP
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Chinese scientists helped create the breakthrough image of a black hole by capturing the last glimmerings of energy falling into it. Photo: Reuters

China’s astronomers helped capture photo of black hole but couldn’t use world’s biggest telescope to do it

  • Distance no object, but China’s Fast did not take part in cosmic event because it could not properly be tuned in to targets that lie light years away
Topic |   China science

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Chinese scientists helped create the breakthrough image of a black hole by capturing the last glimmerings of energy falling into it. Photo: Reuters
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