This year has brought on many scientific and technological innovations. However, one in particular stands out. The first ever picture of a black hole. Scientists have theorized for a long time what a black hole is and what it looks like. In technical terms, a black hole isn’t a hole at all. It is a mass that is so heavy that the gravitational pull in it is stronger than everything. This includes space dust, planets and even light. That is why it is called a black hole. However, what does this mean for the future of space exploration and science?
Where is the Black Hole?
If you’re concerned about the massive behemoth in space absorbing all the light around it, then you can relax. This monster is located over 50 million light-years away from us. Within the M87 galaxy the first black hole has been located and astonishingly enough, it’s close to what we expected. The theory around black holes first surfaced in the 1700s from Albert Einstein. All of the mathematics behind this theory came from general relativity. This biggest difficulty in locating a black hole is that there is no light. They have such a high gravitational pull that it absorbs all sources of light.
What Does This Mean?
First of all, we’ve located once of the anchors to space. Just as stars have a gravitational pull that anchors the planets, so do black holes. In fact, you can imagine that black holes are anchors for things much larger. Their massive gravitational pull is enough to support entire systems of planets. This is another small step that people are celebrating around the world. Event Horizon Telescope is a network of observatories around the world. This network is what found the massive space beast. Their program should get larger seeing the success it has had this year.