The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on Thursday described the unveiling of the first image of ‘Black Hole’ in space as major breakthrough for astronomers across the globe.
Dr Bonaventure Okere, the acting Director, Centre for Basic Space Science (CBSS) of NASRDA, said this in Abuja after the unveiling of the black hole image on Wednesday in Washington DC.
The black hole is a region of space exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing, not even particles and electromagnetic radiation, such as light, can escape from inside it.
The image was unveiled by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration and designed to capture images of black hole.
EHT researchers revealed via coordinated news conferences across the globe that they had succeeded in unveiling the direct visual evidence of the black hole and its shadow.
The CBSS director said “black hole is at the centre of star galaxies which nothing passes through it and escapes, not even light.
“Astronomers over the years have been making effort to have an image attached to this hole because it is something that can be pictured from planet earth with telescope.
“With this discovery, it is a major breakthrough for astronomers.
“From the discovery of the black hole, astronomers can now begin to look forward into what makes it the black hole,” Okere said.
According to him, it is of no negative implication but heart warming feat for astronomers globally.
He added that Nigerian astronomers were glad that the breakthrough came after a long imagination and assumptions to the image of the black hole.