For the First Time Ever, A Black Hole Revealed

The idea of a black hole–a body so massive that not even light could escape it–was first theorized back in 1784 by English clergyman John Michell.  However, it wasn’t until 1915 when Albert Einstein developed his theory of general relativity that the momentum of black hole research would take shape.  Black holes have fascinated not just scientists but also the general public.  They have been the source of inspiration for numerous books, songs, movies, etc.  But we’ve only been able to see them conceptualized via some form of animation.  In fact, the idea of ever seeing one was deemed impossible.  That is, until now.

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