The image, which showed a ringlike structure with a da

The image, which showed a ringlike structure with a da

ark central region-the black hole’s shadow-depicted the black hole at the heart of Messier 87, a massive, distant gala

xy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. It is 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun.

It was one example of the role that Tianma has played in international coordinated

observations. Its super sensitivity has made its observations useful as a reference by which other parti

cipants in the network can adjust their data, according to the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory.

“Tianma elevated the image quality of the EAVN, by about 50 percent, making a great co

ntribution to the research on extreme objects in the universe, such as black holes,” Shen said.

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