The first photo of a black hole has been included in the collection by the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMa). This was confirmed by Nijmegen professor Heino Falcke, scientific head of the Event Horizon Telescope, who took the photo in April.
"We took the picture with the world and now we give it to the world", Falcke tells in Spraakmakers on Radio 1.
The photo of the black hole was made and shared in April. It is a depiction of a super-heavy black hole and its shadow that stands in the center of the Messier 87 galaxy, about 55 million light-years from Earth.
"It looks like a light of fire, which revolves around the black hole in a circle," Nijmegen professor and creator of the project said earlier. "It looks like we are looking at the gate of hell, the end of the universe."
Falcke came up with an experiment in 2000
A black hole is created when a star explodes at the end of its life and the remains implode. The diameter of the black hole is 100 billion kilometers and the object is 6.5 billion times as heavy as the sun.
The black hole itself cannot be seen, because gravity is so strong there that nothing can escape, not even light. The so-called observation horizon of the black hole is visible. This is the limit above which just a little light can escape. Albert Einstein also predicted such a limit.
The experiment was conceived in 2000 by Falcke. He predicted almost twenty years ago that it should be possible to take measurements close to the edge of a black hole and thus create an image of the object.