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June 11, 2022

Artist’s rendition with first published black hole simulation

People have imagined what black holes look like since they were predicted by Albert Einstein more than a century ago. In the top right of this artist’s rendition is the first published simulation of a black hole, produced by Jean-Pierre Luminet of the French National Centre for Scientific Research. The simulation was published in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 1979. Today, the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration uses observations from a worldwide network of radio telescopes to make amazing black hole discoveries like Sagittarius A* and M87*.

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; Jean-Pierre Luminet/CNRS; Phototheque

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