A picture is worth a thousand words…
…and this is especially true when the picture includes never-before-seen images. From space discoveries to aviation breakthroughs, scroll through to take a look at these breathtaking photographs. Want to see more? Happy viewing!
The first photograph of a black hole
Fifty years after astronomer John Wheeler coined the term “black hole” to describe extremely dense objects possessing such strong gravitational pull that even light cannot escape (the existence of which Einstein had first predicted 51 years before that), a team of scientists actually captured a black hole’s image on film. That was in 2017, but it took another two years for the image to make its way to the public – because photographing a black hole involved a worldwide network of radio telescopes from which all the data had to be strategically assembled into a cohesive whole. The photo helped scientists discover what is inside a black hole.
The first solar eclipse ever photographed
A total solar eclipse (in which the position of the moon causes a total obstruction of the sun from somewhere on Earth) occurs somewhere on Earth about once every year or two, but the location from which any given solar eclipse is visible can be so remote that no human is present to see it. Nevertheless, a Victorian-age photographer managed to capture the first image of a total solar eclipse in July 1860, just over 20 years after the very first photograph of anything was ever taken. Now that’s progress.