2019’s top science stories

This is the very first image of a black hole – a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun. Image credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration

SCIENCE in 2019. While it wasn’t quite what Blade Runner envisioned, some pretty amazing science happened this year.

A picture worth more than 1000 words

Think getting a decent Christmas photo with your family is the hard? Spare a thought for the team of 200 scientists who took monitored a network of eight linked telescopes around the world to get the first picture of a black hole in a galaxy 500 million trillion kilometres away. The black hole has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun and it is one of the heaviest black holes that we know of.