Researchers captured a supermassive black hole with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a global telescope complex. The researchers also discovered that the prize money would be fairly distributed among the 347 scientists who participated in the process. So each scientist will receive $ 8,646,000, Live Science reports.
It has already been reported that in April, researchers stunned the world with a picture of a bright orange ring surrounded by dark shadows. It was a photograph of a black hole in the M87 galaxy. The image shows the contours of the black hole event horizon. This is the point beyond which all Light and matter surrender to the irresistible force of gravity.
The award was "a wonderful assessment of ten years of hard work, Risk, Failure and Success," said EHT director and astrophysicist Shepard S. Doilmen.
In April 2017, eight radio telescopes in Hawaii, Arizona, Spain, Mexico, Chile, and South Pole focused on the M87 and the Sagittarius A * black hole in the center of our Milky Way galaxy, 26,000 light-years from Earth.
Bundled together as "gigantic mirror fragments," the radio telescopes created a virtual observatory 12,000 kilometers, or about the diameter of the Earth.
Sagittarius A * was too active to take a clear picture, and the Black Hole in galaxy M87 eventually turned out to be more photogenic, the researchers said.