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it's being described as a landmark breakthrough the first ever photo of a black hole black holes have captivated the imaginations of scientists and the public for decades an international team of scientists used a global network of telescopes to capture the groundbreaking image in a distant galaxy fifty four million light years from earth we are delighted to be able to report to you today the we have seen what we thought was on C. upon black holes are dense celestial entities with gravitational field so strong no light or matter can escape which makes viewing them extremely difficult scientists combine the power of eight earth based telescopes from around the world to capture the picture a collaborative effort that's been eight years in the making but even with all of that in place we still had to wait for weather weather is usually the place where we fail we have to have good weather in Hawaii in Spain at the same time in Arizona and the South Pole and that's a lot to ask the breakthrough image lens strong support to Einstein's theory of general relativity that explains the laws of gravity and their relation to other natural forces