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Source: Alex Cooke, globalnews.ca, Juy 31st, 2021

Because of their very nature, black holes themselves can’t be seen. Scientists are only able to observe the objects around them.

A researcher at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax was part of a team of scientists that observed light coming from behind a black hole for the very first time, confirming a prediction from famous physicist Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

While scientists have seen X-ray emissions around black holes before, it’s the first time light has been spotted behind a black hole – and the new discovery could lead to a better understanding of what’s still largely considered to be an astronomical mystery.

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