What It Means for Us to Actually ‘See’ a Black Hole

We had proof that black holes existed — yet images of outer space have an uncanny power

Scientists have captured the first direct image of a supermassive black hole. The cosmic portrait belongs to the black hole at the center of Messier 87, the largest galaxy we know of, about 54 million light-years away. Photo: Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)/National Science Foundation/Handout via Reuters

By Amelia Urry

We have seen what we thought was unseeable,” the astronomer said, like someone who knows history’s ear is pressed against the door. He stood in the hushed attention of the room in Washington…

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