The black hole observed by the scientific team resides about 54 million light-years from Earth.
The data used to create the image could help scientists better understand gravity and other phenomena, said Charles Gammie, an astronomy and physics professor at the University of IL.
The image shows a swirling circle of red-hot matter being sucked into the black hole. That is right despite black holes being absolutely crucial to our understanding of the way the solar system has formed humans have never actually laid eyes on one of these regions of spacetime with strong gravitational effects.
Avery Broderick of the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics says the image also offers further support for Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity.
This particular black hole sits are the center of a galaxy known as Messier 87, 55 million light years from Earth. It is more than six times bigger than the sun.
"You could have seen something that was unexpected, but we didn't see something that was unexpected".
Ultimately, some of the material within the accretion disc will be drawn into the black hole while other parts are shot out into space as so-called relativistic jets.
Fortunately, more telescopes have joined the campaign over the past couple of years, and astronomers are working on ways to improve their data processing methods. The black hole itself is within the event horizon.
His team, which included graduate students, built computer simulations of the black hole to interpret some of the data the Event Horizon telescopes brought in.
"I'd expect it to be more of a whitish glow that is brighter along the crescent, dimmer at the other points, and then black where the black hole is casting its shadow", he said.
"The shadow of the black hole is almost circular, which is consistent with our simulations".