New Imaging of the Active Core of Galaxy M87 Invalidates Black Hole Theory

Posted by: P. LaViolette
August 19, 2022

You may have seen this image shown below which was produced by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) consortium showing the active core of Galaxy M87, that NASA and the EHT consortium were actively circulating some years ago proclaiming proof of having imaged a black hole.  The ring image with its dark interior, which has a diameter of ~40 µas was said to have a size consistent with a black hole event horizon size that would be produced by a supermassive core of 6 billion solar masses, the mass determined for that of M87.

M87 active core imaged by the EHT consortium

Recently, on July 1 of 2022, a Japanese consortium lead by Makoto Miyoshi, et al. published a paper in the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ 933: 36 (42pp) presented a reconstruction of by adding in new data from other submillimeter antennae array operating at 230 GHz.  The image they obtained an image shows instead an unresolved spherical core and knot ejection; see below.  The conclusion is that the EHT image was seriously flawed because they did not include sufficient telescope data in their analysis.

Japanese consortium image shows the central supermassive core (C),
a nearby knot ejection (K) and a distal west component (W).

What is interesting is that the unresolved core image (C) has a diameter of just 15 µas, fitting well within the 40 µas EHT ring shown above and indicating that this cannot be a black hole, but rather must be a supermassive mother star.  For, radiation is seen to be emerging from a region far smaller than the proclaimed event horizon.  The core radiation cannot be due to a confined beam directed exactly towards our Galaxy since obviously the beamed ejections while possibly angled in our direction, are directed more in the plane of the sky: K towards the northwest (upper right) and the earlier ejection W towards the southwest (lower right).  Moreover M87’s core has over time been ejecting a macroscopic radio jet angled to the northwest, which Miyoshi, et al. have also imaged in their reevaluation study; see below.

Radio jet ejected by the core of M87.

Miyoshi, et al. show that the flawed EHT ring mage is a distortion of the emission coming from the core and knot components, which becomes properly resolved once additional telescope data is added in.  Thus the conclusion of EHT consortium that they have imaged a black hole is disproven.  Related to this is the flawed claim that Sgr A* at the center of our own galaxy is a black hole; see our earlier posting about this.

Those interested in a more lay discussion of the findings of the Miyoshi collaboration are referred to the story at this link:

All of the above findings strengthen the claim of the subquantum kinetics physics methodology that black holes do not exist.  For an updated edition of the Subquantum Kinetics book (5th edition, now in pdf format) please visit our book and video store or go to this link:

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