Ever photograph of a black hole is about to be unveiled

Pablo Tucker
April 5, 2019

While the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy is more than 4 million times larger than our own sun, Sag A* is so far away, even the most powerful telescope on Earth doesn't stand a chance of mapping its event horizon by itself. The unusual entities are unimaginably-dense objects with gravitational pulls so intense that nothing - even light - can escape their grasp.

The imminent announcement relates to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), the European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced, which has made its "first result".

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Press conferences around the globe are being organised, seemingly to announce a photograph that could break new ground in our understanding in space. For the last 13 years, the Event Horizon Telescope has been trying to capture two black holes: Sagittarius A* which lies the center of the Milky Way, and the black hole at the center of Messier 87. The image marks the first time humans have ever seen a black hole.

They've captured our imaginations for decades, but we've never actually photographed a black hole before - until now.

So while we can understand black holes by proxy, because of the way they affect the space that surrounds them, they cannot be directly seen. That has proved incredibly hard, because of the dust and disruption that lurks on the far reaches of a black hole. The ESO announced that there would be a press conference about the recent discovery that is set to take place on April 10th at 15:00 CEST.


However, at the edge of a black hole lies the "event horizon". Six worldwide space agencies will hold press briefings around the world, including in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo will also be held next Wednesday, a release from the agency said.

The press conference will be streamed online by the ESO and the European Research Council, and will be available on YouTube as well, the newspaper added.

The European Southern Observatory said that, "due to the importance of this result", it was encouraging satellite events around the world where people can get together to watch along.


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