This Is the Highest Angular Resolution Image of Space Ever Captured / This rainbow splatter might not look like the beautiful images of galaxies you’re used to seeing, but it’s actually rather special. It’s the highest angular resolution astronomical image ever captured, and it shows a jet of matter erupting out of a black hole 900 million light years away.
May 2007 CHARA Images Altair Georgia State's Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) at Mount Wilson, Calif., takes the first images of the star Altair -- the first detailed image of a hydrogen-burning star other than our sun.
With a maximum angular resolution of 21 μas, this is the most detailed astronomical image ever taken. It shows a black hole in the BL Lacertae galaxy some 900 million light-years away. Image: José L. Gómez/The Astrophysical Journal