Scientists capture 1st picture of a black hole

An MIT student led a team that developed the algorithm that allowed a network of telescopes to capture the image. ABC News' Kenneth Moton reports.
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Middle. Back now with that stunning image from space the first picture of a black hole. One scientist describes it as seen it be unsustainable. Black holes have been elusive since Einstein first theorized about them astronomers were. Finally able to photograph one using powerful telescopes. And they also needed the help of a young student. This morning the first evidence that a black holes exist we have seen what we thought was unsealed. We have seen. And take a picture. Of a black hole. Oh. He urges. Scientists have spent decades trying to capture this an image of a plea mean orange yellow and black careened. The picture was taken 55 million light years away with a global network of telescopes. That black called discovery that it's in a news today it's really stretching their minds. Black holes which or coop stars are so elusive and hard to see because there gravity is so strong. Not even light can a steep their consider one of the great mysteries of the universe. Everything won't. Be different from now on going forward because of the fact that he saw Dee most energetic part of the universe. A young scientists is getting the credit for that new technology Katie Bauman a grad student at MIT led a team that developed the algorithm. Which allowed the network of telescopes to capture the image. The technology took three years to develop here's Bellman in 2016. Black holes still have not been directly observed. Although some idea as to what a black home might look like we've never actually taking a picture of one before. However he might surprise you know that we need eighteen our first picture of a black hole in the next couple years. And now that dream finally a reality for barrel man who shared a picture on FaceBook over self reacting to ask the history making picture with processing. We've heard the last of that very Smart student and there's another headline from space are probably fun Israeli spacecraft. It's set to land on the moon to Dade to study the lunar surface until now only the US Russia and China have landed on the moon.

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