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This artist’s impression depicts the black hole at the heart of the enormous elliptical galaxy Messier 87 . This black hole was chosen as the object of paradigm-shifting observations by the Event Horizon Telescope. The superheated material surrounding the (M87) This artist’s impression depicts the black hole at the heart of the enormous elliptical galaxy Messier 87 . This black hole was chosen as the object of paradigm-shifting observations by the Event Horizon Telescope. The superheated material surrounding the black hole is shown, as is the relativistic jet launched by M87’s black hole.