April 21, 2019

The first image of a black hole to debut next week

05 April 2019, 02:27 | Edward Lowe

'Groundbreaking Result' Coming from Black-Hole Hunting Event Horizon Telescope Next Week

ESO Planning Huge Announcement Around Event Horizon Telescope's 'Groundbreaking' Results: Black Hole Picture?

The announcement relates to the Event Horizon Telescope, the European Southern Observatory announced, which is said to have found its "first result".

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The research has been ongoing for over a decade, but as the telescope gains power, it is capable of more advanced imaging, and it seems it's reached a point where capturing images of a black hole is possible. BLACK HOLE HUNTERS premieres Friday, April 12 at 9 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel. It has not gone into details, but scientists across the globe are speculating that images from the Event Horizon Telescope may have captured the black hole.

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The excitement is growing about the series of the press conference, as they could well announce a photograph-breaking the new ground in our understanding of the universe. While scientists know they exist, astronomers have never actually photographed one - until now. The unusual entities are unimaginably-dense objects with gravitational pulls so intense that nothing - even light - can escape their grasp. On the heels of a groundbreaking scientific announcement to be made on April 10, the network will air a new one-hour documentary following a team of worldwide scientists as they attempt to document the first-ever image of a black hole. Humanity might be about to see a black hole for the first ever time. That's how Popular Mechanics is framing the big reveal scientists are expected to make-a photo of Sagittarius A*, a black hole in the Milky Way 25,000 light-years away. We just have to wait and see. Black holes like Sagittarius A are so dense, they create gravitational pulls that are so strong, they bend light, and space.

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Other statements will be made simultaneously in the USA, Chile, Shanghai, Japan and Taipei. That has proved incredibly hard, because of the dust and disruption that lurks on the far reaches of a black hole. Key funding for the Event Horizon Telescope was provided by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), EU's European Research Council (ERC) and funding agencies in East Asia.

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