Celebrated scientist Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity showcases how the gravitational pull from black holes is so vast that it can bend magnetic fields and even twist light itself, encouraging the fields to act as a mirror.

Astronomers have been able to peer behind a black hole and detect light coming from the other side for the first time, proving Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity correct.
Using highly powered X-ray telescopes, the team of international researchers were examining a supermassive black hole 800 million light years away when they made the astonishing find.
Throughout the study, which was published by a working team of scientists at Stanford University, astrophysicist Dan Wilkins came across a series of bright flares when he sent out X-ray “echoes” – something which is commonly seen with black holes.
However, what astounded him was that additional flares then emerged that were much smaller and consisted of different “colours” compared to the bright flares, reports The Mirror.
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Black holes, which come in all different sizes, are formed when colossal stars collapse at the very end of their life cycle.
Supermassive black holes are the largest kind, growing in mass as they devour matter and radiation and perhaps merging with other black holes.
These phenomenally dense celestial entities are extraordinarily difficult to observe despite their great mass because it does not allow light to escape.
This incredible find – which comes two years after the first photo of a black hole was revealed – confirmed Albert Einstein’s 1915 theory on general relativity.
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He asserted that the gravitational pull from black holes is so immense that it can warp the fabric of space, bending light and twisting magnetic fields.
This is the first photograph of a black hole and its fiery halo (Image: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/AF)
The theory predicted that because of this it should be possible to see waves of light from the other side of a black hole because these warped fields would act as a mirror.
Roger Blandford, a co-author of the research, published in Nature, said: “Fifty years ago, when astrophysicists starting speculating about how the magnetic field might behave close to a black hole, they had no idea that one day we might have the techniques to observe this directly and see Einstein’s general theory of relativity in action.”
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Dan Wilkins an astrophysicist from Stanford University said: “Any light that goes into that black hole doesn’t come out, so we shouldn’t be able to see anything that’s behind the black hole.”
“The reason we can see that is because that black hole is warping space, bending light and twisting magnetic fields around itself.”
Albert Einstein’s theory on general relativity has been proven after scientists spotted light coming from behind a black hole for the first time (Image: Getty Images)
In 2019, an international scientific team unveiled a landmark achievement in astrophysics – the first photo of a black hole.
Scientists said the shape of the shadow would be almost a perfect circle in Einstein’s theory of general relativity, and if it turned out that it was not, there was something wrong with the theory.
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