While members of the EHT team have not revealed their findings, with a media advisory from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) describing it as "groundbreaking", speculations are rife that the project has achieved in its main goal of getting an image of the black hole.
An global collaboration called the Event Horizon Telescope is releasing the results of an attempt to photograph this Sagittarius A*. And while its 55 million lightyears away, we now have a picture of what these phenomenons look like.
The data used to create the image could help scientists better understand gravity and other phenomena, said Charles Gammie, an astronomy and physics professor at the University of IL.
The black hole is at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the Virgo galaxy cluster. This mass creates inescapable gravitational fields, which sucks in everything around it - including light.
The scientists said Einstein's theory predicted the shape of the shadow would be nearly a ideal circle - as it turned out to be.
Black hole has always been a subject of human curiosity.
The image shows red-hot matter swirling at the speed of light around a foreboding dark circle of nothingness, as the matter is sucked into what astronomers call the "event horizon," or the point of no return in which anything that enters the black hole can never escape. "The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the sun". "It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe".
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"Black holes are the X-games of physics".
More photos are expected to be revealed as more telescopes come online.
The black hole measures 40-billion kilometres across - three million times the size of the Earth.
In essence, the EHT scientists photographed the shadow of the black hole cast by the accretion disc. Trapped inside the black hole's gravitational grip.
"You could have seen something that was unexpected, but we didn't see something that was unexpected".
In April 2017, eight telescope facilities that are participating in the Event Horizon Telescope project took a close look at our galaxy's central region, known as Sagittarius A* (that is, Sagittarius A-star, abbreviated as Sgr A*).
Scientists are about to make a record-breaking unveiling of the first picture of the black hole Sagittarius A, which is the centre of our galaxy Milky Way.