A new image of a black hole in the center of a distant galaxy just dropped, but it makes researchers worried that the first image of the same one wasn't quite right.
It took three years for researchers in Japan to create an image of the black hole. New Scientist reported this week that the group used the same data from the event horizon telescope to create a new version of the black hole image.
They used the same method as the original team to fill in the blanks and make a single image. There is room for human error and incorrect assumptions in the new image because it doesn't look like the one from 2019.
Makato Myoshi and his colleagues used a wider field of view to get a new image of M87, which had a ring of light around the donut-shaped structure. The bad news is that Myoshi thinks the alleged error could affect the way other black hole images turn out.
It may be that the same mistake was made in the case of Sagittarius A.
EHT scientists are pushing back against Myoshi's claims, setting up a schism in the field of black hole imagery.
The field of view used by Myoshi's team was large.
The debate is going to be interesting because the teams don't agree on methodology.
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