We've All Seen Illustrations of Black Holes — Now, Look at These Photographs

Astronomers have yet to see a black hole. 

"Taking a picture of [a black hole] would be equivalent to taking a picture of a DVD on the surface of the moon," astrophysicist Dimitrios Psaltis told Vox.
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But experts predict we're less than a year away thanks to the Large Millimeter Telescope and Event Horizon Telescope

Until then, we'll have to make do with what we have: photographs with evidence of their existence.

Like this picture of two galaxies colliding. 

Source: NASA

Captured by the Hubble telescope, scientists believe the hot pink spots are black holes that formed as a result of the collision.

This one shows jets spewing from massive black holes at Hercules A galaxy. 

Source: NASA

And this one of black holes spewing jets from Centaurus A galaxy, which NASA called the "best-ever snapshot of black hole jets."

Source: NASA

There's pretty strong evidence that black holes exist, NASA astrophysicist Peter Edmonds told Vox, in an article about photographing black holes. But until we can see the actual black hole on film, we'll have to rely on animations like this:

Source: NASA

"What they're hoping to see is the actual shadow, the actual dark region," Edmonds told Vox. "That will be a big deal."

h/t Vox

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