Eight telescopes working as a team accomplished a feat that astronomers have dreamed about for decades: They directly captured images of a black hole. What's equally incredible is how they got the image from so far away. This black hole is 55 million light-years from Earth — more than 11 times further away than the nearest star system — and is 6.5 billion times the mass of the sun.
Excitement Around the World
Related Video: Here's What Scientists Predicted They'd See
What Is a Black Hole, Anyway?
Written by Elizabeth Howell April 10, 2019
Wake up with the smartest email in your inbox.
Our Best Articles Daily