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Release No.: 2019-21
For Release: Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 11:00am

EHT Collaboration Awarded the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun. This long-sought image provides the strongest evidence to date for the existence of supermassive black holes and opens a new window onto the study of black holes, their event horizons, and gravity.

Credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration