So you've all probably seen it already:
But did you take note of the scale of the thing?
What I found to be even cooler, is the sheer amount of hard-core sciencing that went into producing that picture. 8 radio telescopes from all over the world, observing at the same time. And "same time" not being same time as you and me know it. No, this was "same time" coordinated by the most precise clocks humanity can produce (the kind that lose only about 1 second every 100 million years!). And the amount of data needed to produce a picture? 5PB! That's petabytes, 5000 terabytes. And they had to wait 6 months for all the data, because the observatory at the Antarctica could only deliver the data after the 6-month winter has passed.
Here's the half tonne (!) of data needed to produce the picture:
And in the picture, dr.Katie Bouman, the author of the algorithm that crunched the data and spat out the pixels.
And the best picture of all? Here it is:
dr.Katie, more than three years into the project, and seconds after becoming the first human being EVER to see a black hole!
Pat yourself on the back, everyone. We belong to a species that can do great things, too!