One day, my children, all this will be yours.
So how were scientists able to "see" the supermassive black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy 53 million light years away? …
It is still impossible to image the actual black hole (again, that intense gravity let's nothing escape) so the data being collected is light from the material around the event horizon of the object — the "point of no return" of a black hole. What we are seeing is truly the silhouette of a black hole.
This is what it is like to stare directly into the void.