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Black hole silhouettes

Scientists attempt to image a shadow and its tumultuous ring

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2:54pm, September 24, 2010

Black holes are among the most bashful yet flamboyant characters on the cosmic stage. They consume matter so voraciously that the violence can ignite brilliant beacons called quasars, bright enough to outshine entire galaxies. Yet because they prevent light from escaping or even bouncing off, black holes themselves are also the ultimate unseeables.

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