Welcome the black hole inside the Messier 87, a galaxy located approximately 55 million light-years away in the Virgo cluster. It may seem unimpressive at first glance, but it is one of four images of the massive space-time deformation structure – the first time such an object has been photographed.
The photographs were taken with a combination of eight radio observatories distributed on four continents. What the MIT calls a "virtual, earth-sized telescope" is surrounded by light around the object – a so-called "ring of fire." The shadow of the black hole is, as its name implies, the dark region in the middle. This is probably the point where the gravitational force of gravity is so strong that not even light can escape.
"This black hole is much larger than the orbit of Neptune, and Neptune takes 200 years to move in the sun," Geoffrey Crew told research scientist MIT's Haystack Observatory in a statement. "Because the M87 black hole is so massive, a orbiting planet would walk around it within a week and move at near-light speed."
In fact, the Blackhole is massive even by Blackhole standards. "It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun," said Prof. Heino Falcke of the Radboud University in the Netherlands, BBC. "And it's one of the hardest black holes we think is there. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the universe. "
The light surrounding the object is much brighter than that of the surrounding galaxies, so it can be captured at such an incredible distance.