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Area researchers celebrate the first image of a black hole
Katherine Bouman had devoted years to the astonishing quest – to help capture the first image of a massive black hole in a distant galaxy, a blank so dense, no light can escape.
But when the mind-blowing breakthrough finally came, almost a year ago, the discovery had to remain a secret.
So, after the amazing picture was revealed to the world morning, Bouman's excitement spread to what seemed the speed of light.
"We've been busting at the seams of what we've seen, but we had to keep our mouths closed," said Bouman, 29, a MIT graduate student who continued his studies at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
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What she and a large team of scientists from MIT, Harvard and other universities had seen was the first image of a cosmic black hole 53 million light-years away, a time-wasting and merry mystery of the universe whose existence Albert Einstein had suggested for a century ago.
The project was directed by Sheperd Doeleman, a senior researcher at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
"We've taken the first picture of a black hole – a disposable door out of our universe," Doeleman said.