After many years of work and a great deal of excitement, the researchers working on the project of the Event Horizon telescope finally unveiled the first image ever captured by the real black hole this week. The relatively low image, however, was fantastic, and the fact that scientists managed to capture the image of a black hole from a distance of approximately 55 million light-years is absolutely stunning.
But wait, we live in the galaxy of the Milky Way, and in the center of it is what the scientist regards as supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A *. Our galaxy is at a distance of only 150,000 to 200,000 light years, so it would not be much easier to photograph your own black hole?
I have seen this issue several times in social networks since the first black hole photo began to circulate and it is good. It would be advisable to capture a photograph of the nearest black hole on Earth, especially if we want to see it in great detail. Unfortunately, the Earth ̵
Milky Way is a spiral galaxy with long arms, filled with hundreds of billions of stars, and is located as a flat disk. If you look at the entire galaxy from her face, you will quickly see our dilemma:
The point with the inscription "Sun" is the place where our solar system is in the galaxy, passing through the edge of one of the long , the bent hands of the Milky Way. From the point of view, looking in the direction of the center of the galaxy looks like this:
An attempt to see its own black hole in our galaxy looks like an attempt to see the center of a huge forest standing along its fringes. There are so many things on the way, including stars, planets, gas and dust. To have any hope of seeing our own black hole, we will have to send a spacecraft to dozens or even hundreds of thousands of light years from him, which will allow him to see the Milky Way from his face, and not from his side.
The Event Horizon Telescope team made the next best thing to hunt for a galaxy in the right orientation to be seen from Earth, and Messier 87 – and her black hole, known as the M87, was the perfect candidate.