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1st black hole image shows benefits of global cooperation

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A black patch of nothingness inside a bright ring of red and orange--the first image of a black hole captured by humankind was little different from what scientists had imagined it to be on the basis of available fragmentary information.

A team of more than 200 researchers from 17 nations and regions of the world, including Japan, European countries and the United States, has successfully produced an image of a black hole, a unique sort of heavenly body with such a strong gravitational pull that it sucks all matter and light from its surroundings.

The scientists combined eight radio telescopes around the globe to create a gigantic virtual telescope, which allowed them to achieve a resolution that is tantamount to recognizing a golf ball on the moon’s surface from Earth.

It is so significant that the feat was announced simultaneously in six cities of the........

© The Asahi Shimbun