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Ontario researcher helps unveil first image of black hole

A global team of scientists, including one from Ontario, has unveiled the world's first captured image of a black hole. Avery Broderick of the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics says the image also offers further support for Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity. Broderick was one of 200 global researchers taking part in the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. The photo was unveiled in Washington D.C. with scientists saying the result allowed them to "see the unseeable." They created the image of a black hole by compiling data from eight earth-based telescopes positioned around the world. Broderick says a better understanding of black holes will help scientists to bridge the knowledge gap between classical and quantum physics. Jessica Dempsey, a co-discoverer and deputy director of the East Asian Observatory in Hawaii, said the fiery circle reminded her of the flaming Eye of Sauron from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
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