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Scientists Reveal First-Ever Image of Black Hole

The image was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope.

WASHINGTON -- Scientists have revealed the first-ever image of a black hole and its shadow.

The images came from the Event Horizon Telescope, an international effort using eight linked radio observatories around the world. Researchers from the federally-funded National Science Foundation were involved in the project.

The image shows the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive nearby galaxy. The black hole is 55 million light-years away from earth.

Black holes are collapsed stars whose gravity is so powerful that not even light can escape. Until now, images of black holes in space have been simulations and illustrations. 

Some scientists believe the ground-breaking photos may provide new insight into Albert Einstein's theory of relativity.

Click here to find out more about the Event Horizon Telescope.

(Photo by EHT Collaboration)

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