Ontario researcher among global team unveiling first image of a black hole

An international team of researchers that includes an Ontario scientist is to unveil the first captured image of a black hole.

The picture was compiled by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, a group of scientists around the world bent on proving the existence of black holes and documenting what they look like despite the fact that they cannot release light.

The team includes Avery Broderick, an astrophysicist at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ont., which contributes to the EHT project.

The image was compiled with help from eight earth-based telescopes around the world.

Researchers say their findings help offer further support of Einstein's Theory of Relativity, first announced in 1915.

Broderick, who's also an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, will join other researchers to present the image of a black hole at a news conference in Washington, D.C., at around 9 a.m.