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First a Theory, Now a Fact

First a Theory, Now a Fact

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, April 10, 2019/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design, environment, adventure

                                First Photograph of a Black Hole (credit: Event Horizon Telescope & NSF)

Originally predicted by Albert Einstein in his theory of General Relativity in 1905, black holes could never be directly observed because light can't escape their massive force of gravity. This has now been overcome by using a suite of eight telescopes that all imaged the center of the same galaxy millions of light-years distant simultaneously. The internationally designed and operated Event Horizon Telescope captued the first photograph. The remarkable achievement was just announced by the National Science Foundation (NSF), a major research funder, in Washington, DC.

The Foundation produced an animation about the imaging technology that was required to capture the photograph while Brian Greene of Columbia University explains black hole physics. Once again Einstein's Theory has been proven correct.

Science uncovers actual facts through diligent testing, creative thinking, and experimentation. Reality trumps fiction and dogma as shown by this monumental discovery again.



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