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June 11, 2022

Artist’s rendition with supermassive black hole M87*

This artist’s rendition includes the first image ever captured of a black hole, the supermassive M87*. The image was captured using the Event Horizon Telescope, an international collaboration that links radio dishes across the globe to create an Earth-sized interferometer and has been used to measure the size of both M87* and more recently, Sagittarius A*.

This still is from the NSF video Introducing Sagittarius A* (the Milky Way Black Hole).

Learn more in the NSF news release Astrophysicists detect first black hole-neutron star mergers and in this "Science Matters" story. Or learn more about black holes and how they're studied. (Date of image: 2022; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: June 11, 2022)

Credit: Keyi “Onyx” Li, National Science Foundation; NSF and Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al.

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