Scientists release first photo of a black hole

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(CNN) – Scientists released the first picture of a black hole on Wednesday.

National Science Foundation researchers actually took the photo two years ago.

Black holes are huge amounts of matter compressed into a small area that create a massive gravitational field so strong, it draws in everything around it, even light.

This one is at the center of a galaxy called m-87 — about 54 million light years away.

It was discovered in 1781 by Charles Messier and is in the constellation Virgo.

To get the image, scientists combined the power of eight radio telescopes that are part of the event Horizon Telescope Collaboration.

That involved creating a virtual telescope, which in physical form, would be around the size of Earth.

The project’s director says the process allowed us to see what we thought was unseeable.

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