Astronomers question if the first picture of a black hole is accurate

The Event Horizon Telescope’s first image of a black hole showed a distinctive ring feature, but a reanalysis of their data has raised concerns over whether that ring of light is real

Space 19 May 2022

First image of black hole. Wormhole in deep space. Messier 87. Elements of this image furnished by NASA; Shutterstock ID 1366204970; purchase_order: -; job: -; client: -; other: -

Artist’s representation of the black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy

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There may be a problem with the first image of a black hole. After three years of analysis, a group of researchers in Japan has produced an image of M87* – the supermassive black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy – that looks markedly different from the one released by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration in 2019. The researchers claim that the EHT group may have made a major mistake.

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