First Results:

EHT Black Hole Press Coverage and Media

April 10, 2019 – During simultaneous press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that they have succeeded – unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. This breakthrough was announced in a series of six papers published in a special issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Access to the individual papers published in The Astrophysical Journal is free and can be found here.

Credit: The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration 2019

The image reveals the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. This black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5-billion times that of the Sun.