Telescope captures light behind a black hole for the first time

Black hole
(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Telescopes have been capturing incredible images of the universe for many years now, helping scientists to discover new phenomena and confirm (or disprove) theories. However, a recent discovery by an international group of scientists has seemingly proved a theory that's over a century old – Einstein's theory of relativity, which was originally published in 1916. 

While studying a supermassive black hole that's 10 million times as large as our own sun with the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton and NASA's NuSTAR space telescopes, these scientists witnessed light appearing from behind a black hole.

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