Groundbreaking Black Hole Announcement

An article written by: Lee Sonogan

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“Images of black holes have been circulating for years … All of those pictures are artistic representations based, sometimes loosely, on theories about what physics tells us a black hole should look like. So, we have a pretty good idea of what a black hole might look like. The reality, however, is that we don’t actually have any confirmation.” – Astronomy.com

You can imagine what a black hole looks like and what it does but what lies within a black hole? On 10 April 2019, at 15:00 CEST (13:00 UTC, 9:00 EST) we will see the first image of an event horizon around a black hole. The boundary around a black hole where no light or radiation can escape. With upgrades in telescope technology, the Event Horizon Telescope is currently focused on two supermassive black holes.

Black holes are literally invisible and our radio, x-ray, optical and gamma-rays cannot detect them. Until now the existence of black holes has only appeared within interactions of other matter and electromagnetic radiation such as visible light. With the Event Horizon Telescope and collaboration of others, new data is available through the bending of light within the black hole. If the shape of the black hole’s shadow tests out correctly with Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

This advancement into black holes must be important if they are live streaming a press conference about it. In this combined effort of astronomers, progress seems to have been made. This historical announcement shows you how sharing mass data can lead to great things. I hope these announcements keep coming and change how we understand the phenomena of black holes to finally see what they really look like.

It’s a visionary project to take the first photograph of a black hole. We are a collaboration of over 200 people internationally,” – Shepard Doeleman, Astrophysicist

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