Black hole image a true eureka moment: Experts

Using a global network of telescopes to see 'the unseeable,' an international scientific team announced a milestone in astrophysics.

Data from global effort could shed more light on how the universe began, say scientists

Scientists have hailed the first-ever image of a black hole, unveiled by astronomers on Wednesday, as a true eureka moment and a feat of outstanding technological innovation.

The blurry image is of a region of space from which nothing, not even light, can escape, and which measures 40 billion km across - with a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. It is 55 million light-years from Earth and was photographed by a network of eight telescopes across the world because no single instrument would have been powerful enough to perform the feat.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2019, with the headline 'Black hole image a true eureka moment: Experts'. Print Edition | Subscribe