A spinning black hole pulls in material from a companion star, and its gravitational effect causes ejected jets of material to wobble like a child’s spinning top.
The Senate of Chile recognized ALMA for its role in obtaining the first image of a black hole as part of the Event Horizon Telescope.
For decades astronomers have dreamed of seeing a black hole. That dream may soon become a reality.
Using the EHT, with ALMA as its most sensitive component, astronomers have captured the first direct visual evidence of a black hole: an image of the supermassive black hole at the center of Messier 87 (M87), a giant elliptical galaxy 55 million light-years from Earth.
A dusty, doughnut-shaped feature long thought to be an essential part of the “engines” at the cores of active galaxies, is seen for the first time in one of the most powerful galaxies in the Universe.
VLA image shows the trail of a speeding pulsar pointing directly back at the center of the debris shell from the supernova explosion that created it.