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The first-ever images of a black hole are set to be released on Wednesday afternoon by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT).

"We have taken the first picture of a black hole", says EHT project director Sheperd S. Doeleman.

Today we are all lucky to witness an image of a black hole for the first time. The image revealed Wednesday showed the edges of the black hole - called the "event horizon" - for the first time.

Most news outlets are only showing the blurry zoomed in picture of the black hole so I'm posting the entire zoomed-out image of the black hole and everything it is consuming.

The photo captures a ring-like structure with a dark middle, which is the shadow of the black hole, at the center of a galaxy known as Messier 87. Over several days in April 2017, each piece of equipment centered on a galaxy 55 million light years away from Earth.

Creating the virtual telescope EHT was a formidable challenge which required upgrading and connecting a worldwide network of radio telescopes deployed at a variety of challenging high-altitude sites, including volcanoes in Hawaii and Mexico, mountains in Arizona and the Spanish Sierra Nevada, the Chilean Atacama Desert, and Antarctica.

Pointing to the screen at the European Research Council's news conference in Brussels, Falcke said that the much-sought-after image "looks like a ring of fire".

But we're not looking at the black hole completely head on, and that's the origin of the other main difference. "It was only through the ingenious efforts of the event horizon telescope collaboration that we were able to obtain".

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Koay is still a fellow at ASIAA and at present, is actively involved in the observation at a newly constructed Greenland telescope in theArctic, which is part of the EHT assembly of land telescopes spread across the world and synchronised with atomic clocks.

"We think we can make the image perhaps a little sharper through algorithms", Doleman said.

In the image, the dark circle represents the "shadow" of the black hole and its boundary, created by the glowing material that surrounds it.

"Black holes are stranger than anything ever dreamt up by science fiction writers, but they are firmly matters of science fact".

To find a black hole massive enough to be potentially visible from an Earth-based telescope, Event Horizon researchers focused on "supermassive" black holes that are found at the centers of galaxies.

The black hole in M87 isn't the closest to Earth, but it's among the biggest, which made it a very promising target for the EHT, Derek Fox, an associate professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State University, told Live Science (Fox was not affiliated with the EHT discovery).

The project succeeded because of global cooperation among 20 countries and about 200 scientists at a cost of $50 million to $60 million, according to the National Science Foundation. The presence of black holes affects the surrounding environment in extreme ways.