A recent study conducted in collaboration with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has provided fascinating new information about the supermassive black hole M87* at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy. Based on data collected in April 2018, the EHT […]
A recent study conducted in collaboration with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has provided fascinating new information about the supermassive black hole M87* at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy. Based on data collected in April 2018, the EHT collaboration has released a groundbreaking new photograph of the black hole.
The new image reveals the well-known “ring” surrounding the black hole, but what makes it truly intriguing is the change in position of the brightest part of the ring compared to previous research conducted in 2017. This part of the ring has shifted by approximately 30 degrees, supporting the theoretical understanding of the variability of materials surrounding black holes.
The analysis of this new data has allowed us to gain a better understanding of how the black hole evolves over time. The brightest point on the ring changes its position due to changes in the black hole’s environment, such as magnetic fields, velocity, and inclination. However, according to the general theory of relativity, the mass and distance of M87* will not significantly increase within the span of a human lifetime.
These findings reveal that the size of the ring remains relatively constant while its brightest area shifts. This fascinating property of black holes demonstrates that the radius of the ring depends solely on the black hole’s mass.
This new discovery provides valuable insights into the magnetic fields and plasma surrounding black holes, contributing to our better understanding of these complex phenomena. The researchers have published their results in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics under the title “The persistent shadow of the supermassive black hole of M 87”.
The new image of the black hole M87* urges us to delve even deeper into the exploration of these wondrous objects in space and raises new questions about the nature of space and time. Stay with us as we anticipate more exciting discoveries from the captivating world of black holes.