This is a black hole. Photo: Event Horizon Telescope collaboration
Nothing, not even light, can escape a black hole, but humans have figured out how to photograph its shadow.
Why it matters: Scientists released a photo today, the first of its kind, and it could help them figure out how galaxies form, along with proving part of Einstein's general theory of relativity, Axios Space editor Miriam Kramer reports.
What's new: Taken by the Event Horizon Telescope, the photo above shows the shadow of Messier 87's (M87) supermassive black hole surrounded by a ring of light.
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The bottom line: We're living history, even if the photo takes a bit of explanation to understand its importance.
Go deeper: Put on your 🎧 and listen to Axios' Dan Primack and Miriam Kramer discussing the black hole on today's Pro Rata podcast.
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