Scientists have finally seen the backside of a black hole for the first time, proving Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct.

Iran PressSci & Tech: Einstein's 1915 Theory of General Relativity predicted that the gravitational pull of black holes is so large that black holes warp the fabric of space, according to The Telegraph. His theory posited that this extremely massive gravitational pull was so massive that it twists magnetic fields and bends lightwaves near black holes.

As reported by The Telegraph, a new Nature report proves Einstein's theory correct.

"Fifty years ago, when astrophysicists started speculating about how the magnetic field might behave close to a black hole, they had no idea that one day we might have the techniques to observe this directly and see Einstein's general theory of relativity in action," Standford University professor and research report co-author, Roger Blandford, said.

Einstein's theory stated that because of how black holes warp the space fabric around them, it should be possible to see light waves ejected out of a black hole's backside as the twisted magnetic fields act as a mirror for the black hole. This theory was accepted by experts, but it was never technically proven as it was always deemed an unobservable phenomenon.

As time has progressed, though, the mystery around black holes has grown clearer thanks to modern telescopes and the like. That's how Nature report author Dan Wilkins, a Standford University astrophysicist, and Blandford were finally able to prove Einstein's theory correct more than 100 years later.

The team used a special high-power X-ray telescope to look at and study a black hole 800 million light-years away at the center of a galaxy far, far away and what they discovered was that the light, in the form of X-rays, was being ejected out of the black hole's backside.

Black holes are born when massive stars explode into a supernova and collapse in on themselves. This creates a space material so dense and so black that it essentially swallows up everything around it, hence why they're called black holes.


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