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Scientists make global effort to capture the first picture of a giant black hole

What do black holes and music have in common? Well, everything actually. There has long been a spiritual connection between science and music. Many have felt it in the way a song raises their mood using vibratory frequencies, just as some have blasted through a blackhole in their mind’s eye during their favorite artists live set.

Whether one believes its psuedo-science or pure mumbo jumbo, music has been studied scientifically for years. The study of cymatics shows how sound vibrations hold the ability to alter physical matter, especially into sacred geometrical patterns. Even elementary science class taught us how sound waves travel faster than the physical eye can see, existing somewhere beyond the third dimension.

Now a groundbreaking study has captured the first-ever photo of a black hole in a far-away galaxy, which humans have named M87. No, this isn’t a Star Wars reference nor M83’s indie-electronic project in an alternate dimension. This is groundbreaking for quantum physics. Why? Because the photo offers the first visual proof confirming Einsteinium theory. Before now, all that existed was an abstract thought (and mathematical equations) for how black holes behave in relativity. Now the naysayers (read: “Creationists”) can see black holes with before their very eyes, proving that black holes really do exist.

To capture the black hole, which is 53 million light years from Earth, a global effort was initiated using eight telescopes across the world to create a super-, earth-sized telescope. To put its sheer size and scale into perspective, the black hole is 3.3 million times the size of our earth with a mass 6.5 billion times the size of the sun.

“What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System,” says Prof. Heino Falcke, of Radboud University in the Netherlands, who proposed the experiment. “It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun. And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists.”

There is still much scientists don’t know about the black hole’s event horizon, where light is theorized to come to a complete stand-still. “We still have to understand how the light is generated,” says Falcke. Much like the planets revolve around the sun, Falcke believes the black hole is spinning itself much like each star system draws in everything around it. “We [also] have to measure this,” Falcke adds.

Via: BBC News