We’re just about to get our first glimpse of a black hole

We’re just about to get our first glimpse of a black hole

While this in itself reveals very little, the fact it is a major EHT announcement will surely lead to the reveal of only one thing: our very first clear image of the event horizon of a black hole.

The "groundbreaking result from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project", will be delivered in an announcement by the US National Science Foundation on Wednesday, April 10, at 9am EDT (13:00 GMT). But the biggest black holes are the ones that form at the center of galaxies as they evolve.

He and his colleagues are acting as if they have something to celebrate.

On Wednesday, scientists in six cities on three continents are poised to simultaneously unveil the first picture of these enigmatic giants, pieced together from data collected by a global network of radio telescopes. The team and their friends have booked the National Air and Space Museum for a party that evening.

Physicist and black hole expert Lia Medeiros, from the University of Arizona, told ScienceNews magazine: "If general relativity buckles at a black hole's boundary, it may point the way forward for theorists".

Simultaneous news conferences are scheduled in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.

The worldwide team of over 200 globally-synched scientists, researchers and astrophysicists have not offered a peep about what will be shown on Wednesday, although they are not shy about the project and its implications.

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A team of 200 pioneering scientists from across the globe is preparing to push the limits of scientific achievement and attempt to answer two key questions: is it possible to photograph a black hole and, if so, was Einstein right?

Wednesday news conference is expected to provide the first image of Sagittarius A* shadow on its accompanying disk of bright material. However, matter and energy aggregate around the edge of a black hole, known as the event horizon.

Eight radio telescopes have been staring at two supermassive black holes since April 2017, according to AFP. When black holes collide into one another, they let off massive gravitational waves that have been detected by telescopes and interferometers at observatories in the US and Italy.

The EHT's other target, M87, is notable for shooting out a fast jet of charged subatomic particles that stretches for some 5 000 light years. Since the idea of a black hole was formulated in the late 1700s scientists have speculated and simulated what these kinds of images would look like.

"Nevertheless, it will be very nice and gratifying to see the black hole shadows directly", Lai said.

The event horizon is a point of no return within a black hole, where the effects of gravity are simply too strong to escape. Despite its size, trying to photograph the black hole located about 26,000 light years away is equivalent to trying to snap an image of a golf ball on the moon.

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