Team behind world's first black hole image wins 'Oscar of science'

The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration grabbed global headlines on April 10 when they published the first image of a supermas
The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration grabbed global headlines on April 10 when they published the first image of a supermassive black hole circled by a flame-orange halo of white hot plasma

The 347 scientists who collaborated to produce the world's first image of a black hole were honored Thursday with the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, winning $3 million dollars for what is known as the "Oscars of science."

The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration grabbed global headlines on April 10 when they published the first image of a supermassive black hole circled by a flame-orange halo of white hot plasma.

Directed by Shep Doeleman at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the team spent over a decade simulating an Earth-sized computational telescope that combined the signals received by eight radio telescopes working in pairs around the world with their sights trained on the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy, 55 million light years away.

Through this technique, they were able achieve an unprecedented resolution and observe the black hole's silhouette for the first time in history, confirming theoretical predictions about these celestial objects.

"For many years, I would tell people that we were going to image a black hole, and they would say, 'Well, we'll believe it when we see it,' Doeleman told AFP in an interview.

"But when you finally come with very strong evidence, when you make a breakthrough like this, then you have the satisfaction of really giving birth to a new field.

  • The team spent over a decade building an Earth-sized computational telescope that combined the signals received by eight radio t
    The team spent over a decade building an Earth-sized computational telescope that combined the signals received by eight radio telescopes working in pairs around the world with their sights trained on the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy
  • US scientist Katie Bouman worked on the algorithm that helped produce the final image of the black hole in galaxy M87
    US scientist Katie Bouman worked on the algorithm that helped produce the final image of the black hole in galaxy M87

"We are now in an era of precision imaging of black holes, we can approach the event horizon and map spacetime for the first time," he added.

The event horizon of a black hole is the point at which its gravitational effects are strong that light cannot escape its pull.

Now in its eighth year, the Breakthrough Prize was launched by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to recognize and reward the world's top scientists.

Winners from the other categories, life sciences, and mathematics, also took home $3 million.

They will be recognized at a gala awards ceremony on November 3, at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.


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Sep 05, 2019
A BLACKHOLES SILHOUETTE

A silhouette is formed
By an object that obscures
The passage of light

Not by an object
That absorbs
The passage of light

Concerning this circular black disc
Blackholes are theorised as having accretion discs
What are the chances of looking directly down this blackholes spin-axis

As any art-student knows foreshortening
As it is virtually impossible to be looking down this blackholes spin-axis
This black disc should be ellipsoid

Then we come to this piece de la resistance
Blackholes eject half their mass out their spin-axis
As we look down this spin-axis, ejecting gamma-radiation as bright as a million galaxies

This Black Disc Staring back at us - Shining as Bright as a Million Galaxies

Sep 05, 2019
This Blackholes Shadow Glowing in this Blinding Light

Fore it is a well known fact
Blackholes eject the mass they take in
Out their spin-axis
Into 25,000 Ly Star forming Fermi Clouds
Above and below this host galaxy
As Blackholes are reconstituting matter
To its lowest common denominator
Pristine protons and pristine scrumptious electrons
Where these scrumptious electrons
Encircle these immense magnetic fields emanating these spin-axis
Ejecting powerful beams of gamma rays 25,000Lys above and below this host galaxy

So, as much as we would like to see Blackholes shadow
Unfortunately it is not possible
Fore it is glowing
With this blinding light of a million galaxies

Sep 05, 2019
God forbid you read the whole explanation of how to interpret the image. All of your incorrect conclusions are explained rather directly.

https://aasnova.o...lescope/

Sep 05, 2019
How unoriginal, an Oscar for a work of fiction.

Sep 05, 2019
Three million dollars for an image of a toroidal plasmiod that they mistakenly call a black hole. Amusing if it weren't so pathetic.

Sep 05, 2019
Shadow Glowing in this Blinding Light

Fore it is a well known fact
Blackholes eject the mass they take in
Out their spin-axis

This algorithm
Would have more clout
If the telescopes
That imaged Shadow
Where these digital electrons
Flowing in these telescopes CCDs
Actually imaged Shadows central core
For if Shadows central core is imaged
It reveals Shadow with a brilliant white core of light
The brightest light in this universe
For Algorithm is missing this vital piece of data from these imaging telescopes

As has been repeatedly pointed out
By Katie Bouman
The fabulous Katie Bouman
That Algorithm is simply a computational program
All images all look the same to Algorithm
For it is beholden on us to explain to Algorithm
What it is looking at
As Katie Bouman has pointed out - we have not seen it either
So we're in a bit of a bind
A chicken and egg bind
For until we can see Shadow - we cannot tell Algorithm, how to produce Selfies Shadow

Sep 05, 2019
Daguerre (1787–1851) the Invention of Photography

On January 7, 1839
Members of the French Académie des Sciences
Were shown products of an invention
That would forever change the nature of visual representation
Photography
The astonishingly precise pictures they saw
Were the work of Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (1787–1851)
A Romantic painter
And printmaker
Most famous
Until then as the proprietor of the Diorama
A popular Parisian spectacle featuring theatrical painting
And lighting effects
Each daguerreotype was a one-of-a-kind image
On a highly polished, silver-plated sheet of copper

https://www.metmu...dagu.htm

Sep 05, 2019
Three million dollars for an image of a toroidal plasmiod that they mistakenly call a black hole. Amusing if it weren't so pathetic.


So a toroidal plasmoid is responsible for the orbits of stars like S2? Can you please expound upon this? I'm very curious.

Sep 05, 2019
The Invention of Photography

Photography
What the human eye sees
With its rods and cones
In its fluid sphere
With its iris
Its self focussing lens
Where this light is focussed on its retina
These rods and cones
This highly specialised eyeball
With its twin
Producing stereoscopic images
Image of depth and colour
Where these optic nerves
Transmits these digital images
For after 20 minutes in this pitch black
Our specialised cones allow us to see spectacular images
Our eyes guide our hands in coordination
Nature has perfected our eyes right down to this single photon
Right down to this femto-metre atomic world
For our eyes can see single photons

The morel of this visual marvel
Our eyes see this world upside down as it really is
Our brain simply flips this image and makes appear 3-D full size

These eyes see these heavenly stars in the same as they see a new born babe
And so did Daguerre in his paintings
As Daguerre's highly polished very first photograph did

Sep 05, 2019
This Algorithm, that is Selfie, is Not Selfie

Algorithm is not a photograph
Algorithm is not the image, that natures eye sees
Fore natures eye, see this world as it is - warts and all
This algorithm, that is Selfie, is not how nature's eye, images Selfie
Even this algorithm of Selfie
Is not an image, created by Algorithm
For all images, look the same, to Algorithm
The human eye, has yet to view, a Daguerre type photograph, of Selfie

Until we get a true image, as nature's eye, images nature
Algorithm's Selfie, is all in the imagination, of the mind, of how Selfie, is perceived

Because, All Images, Look The Same, To Algorithm!

Sep 05, 2019
is it ironic when the bots start hating on other software programs or is it scary? I'm about 90% sure none of the above is human created speech.

btw, the eyes dont see images. The brain does. The eyes just relay electrical signals generated by the exciting of specialized cells that react to specific frequencies of light. The brain translates that into images, that's why you can "see" images when you sleep. The brain actually fills in a ton of what you think you're "seeing" using ...gasp.... memories and expectations ....which can be thought of as nothing more than biological algorithms evolved to interpret our senses of the outside world faster with less information gathered.

Your idea that an image is only an image if you see it directly with your own eyes is just stupid. Luckily, the world in general thinks it's stupid too. It's an image of a black hole. Get over it. They're real.


Sep 05, 2019
In search of black holes and dark matter astrophysicists are relying on indirect observations. It would seem that the measurement of the event horizon of a black hole directly would be a direct evidence. However, by the nature of a horizon, any real measurement of the event horizon will be indirect. The Event Horizon Telescope will get picture of the silhouette of the Sgr A* which is due to optical effects of spacetime outside of the event horizon. The result will be determined by the simple quality of the resulting image that does not depend on the properties of the spacetime within the image. So, it will be also indirect and an existence of BH is a hypothesis
https://www.acade...ilky_Way

Sep 05, 2019
Top of the page is a pretty drawing from some 5 year old's coloring book.

Seventy five percent of that image was made using crayons, I wonder how many people who have looked at it thought this is what can be seen through an optical telescope of sufficient power?

Sep 05, 2019
We wouldn't know, Benni
Top of the page is a pretty drawing from some 5 year old's coloring book.

Seventy five percent of that image was made using crayons, I wonder how many people who have looked at it thought this is what can be seen through an optical telescope of sufficient power?

We're trying not to look!

Sep 05, 2019
Congratulations and well deserved. We will be imaging black holes from now on; we can expect many new discoveries from these images, and they will become better and better as more teams of radio astronomers are recruited, now that we know this can be done. Just like gravitational wave astronomy.

Sep 05, 2019
Well deserved but the "Oscar of science" is insulting. There is no comparison.

Sep 05, 2019
Top of the page is a pretty drawing from some 5 year old's coloring book.

Seventy five percent of that image was made using crayons, I wonder how many people who have looked at it thought this is what can be seen through an optical telescope of sufficient power?

Whoa....that was subtle. But, they were, supercomputer crayons. Now, if you would be so kind to share with us, how you really feel, but please, don't be so descriptive.

LMAO.

Sep 05, 2019
Everyone has a nomenclature for naming things as per their knowledge, understanding, and ability to think.

Sep 05, 2019
I have no idea what it is about the BH image that gets so many people upset. They're upset about its depicting the black hole; they're upset it was of a BH far away instead of our own galactic BH (Scientists are planning to make a movie about that, and somebody is going get upset about that, I'm sure). They're upset with the woman who put so much time and energy into the number-crunching to develop the image. They're upset the image is called an 'image', ffs; apparently everyone but them is dwelling in abject semantic, lexicographical, or etymological confusion.

Some of them are upset with BH's in general, and I don't suppose they would have been any happier in the days of Galileo, whose Mephistophelian instrument of infernally-figured glass bade fair to deceive the good churchmen of his day with those imaginary moons of Jupiter, and other blasphemies..

Sep 06, 2019
THIS UNSETTLING IMAGE
danR> I have no idea what it is about the BH image that gets so many people upset
They're upset about its depicting the black hole
they're upset it was of a BH far away instead of our own galactic BH
Scientists are planning to make a movie about that
and somebody is going get upset about that

DanR
If you were shown
an image of our Sun
in the manner
and detail
that this
image of Selfie
has now been shown
we
at phys.org
can assure you, danR - you would be upset

because, danR
even distant images of Stars
are resolving within the limit
of our expensive telescopes
resolving into the detailed granular structure
we observe our Sun to be

just imagine, danR
that we do not take a Blackholes Selfie at 100s of millions of Lys
not at millions of Lys
not at 100s of thousands of Lys
but at 25,0000Lys
yes, danR
what would you say to an image of a Blackhole Selfie
at 25,000 Lys
identical
to
THIS UNSETTLING IMAGE - you would be upset, danR

Sep 06, 2019
Crackpots were denying the existence of the Higgs during 2012 LHC news on this site, now they are denying gravitational waves and black hole images. Nothing new here. Meanwhile, science marches on, and sooner or later our dear crackpots are left in the company of flat earthers and relativity deniers.

Sep 06, 2019
THIS PHOTOGRAPHIC EYE

DanR
when we observe
through a telescope
through these solar layers
we observe this granular nature
of this solar surface of our Sun
that if you put on your heat resistant suit, danR
and fly in orbit round our Sun
you eyes will observe our Sun
in exactly this same manner
as our telescopes do back on earth

Fore the morel of this sightly tale, danR
is this algorithm
Algorithm cannot see
we have to tell Algorithm this granular nature of our Sun
because danR, our eyes have not seen an image of a Blackhole
a detailed granular image of a Blackhole
we do not know what an image of a Blackhole looks like

As has been repeatedly pointed out
by Katie Bouman
the fabulous Katie Bouman, we have not seen a Blackhole
we have to imagine what we think a Blackhole looks like - without ever seeing one

Which is why, danR
this Selfie of Sagittarius*A
is going
to be
a splitting image
of
THIS UNSETTLING IMAGE

Sep 06, 2019
ShotmanMaslo
ShotmanMaslo> Meanwhile, science marches on, and sooner or later our dear crackpots are left in the company of flat earthers and relativity deniers.

THIS UNSETTLING IMAGE
is not a visual image
this is an image
that if all the team at CALTEC were blind from birth
this same team
as blind as bats from birth
would have produced
this same - UNSETTLING IMAGE

Because, ShotmanMaslo
As has been repeatedly pointed out
by Katie Bouman
the fabulous Katie Bouman, we have not seen a Blackhole
we have to imagine what we think a Blackhole looks like - without ever seeing one

What Katie Bouman is saying, ShotmanMaslo
from our theories which suggest to us how a Blackhole should look
we hone Algorithm
so that
Algorithm produces an image of this Blackhole
that fits this image we perceive in our minds eye

Which is why, ShotmanMaslo
if all at CALTEC were blind from birth
this image
would still look the same
For this is image of how the mind perceives a Blackhole to be

Sep 06, 2019
Seventy five percent of that image was made using crayons, I wonder how many people who have looked at it thought this is what can be seen through an optical telescope of sufficient power?


You're not even allowed to use crayons on account of the fact that you end up eating them.

Sep 06, 2019
Dear me, what is this world coming to
Seventy five percent of that image was made using crayons, I wonder how many people who have looked at it thought this is what can be seen through an optical telescope of sufficient power?


MrBojangles> You're not even allowed to use crayons on account of the fact that you end up eating them.

We'll just have to make do with digital crayons

Sep 06, 2019
Congratulations and well deserved. We will be imaging black holes from now on; we can expect many new discoveries from these images, and they will become better and better as more teams of radio astronomers are recruited, now that we know this can be done. Just like gravitational wave astronomy.

@Da Schitebo
Pity, science still struggles in aiding your discovery, of how truly stupid you are. But, don't let that stop you from bleating those humongous nothings. One day, the realization will finally sink in. One hopes. Now don't go defying Murphy's Law.

Sep 07, 2019
Three million dollars for an image of a toroidal plasmiod that they mistakenly call a black hole. Amusing if it weren't so pathetic.


Plasmoid! Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Idiot. The only thing that is both amusing and pathetic is you and your fellow Velikovskian cultists. Plasmoid! Jesus H. Christ! Who comes up with this crap?

Sep 07, 2019
, I wonder how many people who have looked at it thought this is what can be seen through an optical telescope of sufficient power?


None of them, because none of them are as thick as you are. Stick to cleaning toilets, janitor boy.

Sep 10, 2019
Well deserved for a diffraction picture: https://www.resea...ack_Spot

Sep 11, 2019
the eyes dont see images..... The brain actually fills in a ton of what you think you're "seeing" using ...gasp.... memories and expectations ....which can be thought of as nothing more than biological algorithms evolved to interpret our senses of the outside world faster with less information gathered.

Your idea that an image is only an image if you see it directly with your own eyes is just stupid. Luckily, the world in general thinks it's stupid too. It's an image of a black hole. Get over it. They're real.

Even though the brain has advanced those algorithms over millions of years and across billions of samples, it has been scientifically proven to be fallible. Look again, that image is the product of the minds eye of a few, with just enough to convince the adherent many. So, to flippantly dismiss the contrarian, is..well..stupid.

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