Humanity got its first glimpse of a black hole on Wednesday, and it looks like a flaming doughnut or a glowing eye. The picture was created with data assembled from eight radio telescopes around the world.
Rochester native and NASA astrophysicist Jeremy Schnittman said the image was an exciting and profound discovery.
"When Einstein says that space-time is curved," Schnittman explained, "that's a nice, intuitive picture, but it turns out that it really is true. This is the very fabric of the underlying nature of our existence."