An Ontario scientist that was part of a global team unveiling the world’s first captured image of a black hole says the picture helps make science fiction into science fact.
Avery Broderick of the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics says the image also offers further support for Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
Broderick was one of 200 global researchers taking part in the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, a group of scientists around the world bent on proving the existence of black holes and documenting what they look like — despite the fact that the cosmic entities do not reflect any light.
They created the image of a black hole by compiling data from eight earth-based telescopes positioned around the world.
The photo was unveiled in Washington D.C. this morning, with scientists saying the result allowed them to “see the unseeable.”
Broderick says a better understanding of black holes will help scientists to bridge the knowledge gap between classical and quantum physics.