Fan Petitions To Name Newly Photographed Black Hole After Chris Cornell

A radio telescope at the National Research Council's Dominion Astrophyscial Observatory in Penticton BC

A radio telescope at the National Research Council's Dominion Astrophyscial Observatory in Penticton BC

An worldwide scientific team on Wednesday declared a milestone in astronomy - the first-ever picture of black hole - employing a global network of telescopes to achieve insight into celestial objects with attractive force fields therefore sturdy in spite of or lightweight will escape.

"Right now the image is still consistent not only with what Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts, but also with some exotic alternatives that differ from Einstein's black holes only slightly". An worldwide team of researchers harnessed the power of eight different radio observatories which are spread around the world, as they aimed to more about supermassive black holes, including the one which is present in the center of the Milky Way.

"We have achieved something presumed to be impossible just a generation ago", said astrophysicist Sheperd Doeleman, director of the Event Horizon Telescope at the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian. A light year is the distance light travels in a year, 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion km).

Numerous traits possessed by supermassive black holes continue to puzzle researchers, including the odd cases when some of them can release jets loaded with material even if they are inescapable objects and the feat should be impossible.

"This may be a enormous day in astronomy", aforementioned America National Science Foundation Director France Córdova.

"We have a lot of evidence that the theory of gravity works really well in our solar system, but this new image provides a direct test of our theory of gravity in the extreme environment around a supermassive black hole", he said. The scientists look for a ring of light - disrupted matter and radiation circling at tremendous speed at the edge of the event horizon - around a region of darkness representing the actual black hole. Now, a group of longtime fans have started a petition to name the black hole after Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who tragically died by suicide in 2017.

Back last week, we gained a new achievement as a human race as for the first time we photographed a black hole. "We're seeing the unseeable".

The images obtained on April 10th proved that the Event Horizon Telescope network is usable and practical. The global network of telescopes has essentially created a planet-sized observational dish.

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