The first image of a black hole to debut next week

Katie Ramirez
April 5, 2019

Not only are black holes famous for not letting any light escape, even the nearest known black holes are very far away. BLACK HOLE HUNTERS premieres Friday, April 12 at 9 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel. Next Wednesday, a press conference is set to be held, and at the conference, scientists will unveil the first ever photograph of a black hole. That result is widely anticipated to be the first-ever photo of a black hole, though curiosity has been piqued as to what exactly that picture will entail.

The Event Horizon Telescope aims to turn our planet into a radio dish - using computer power to "fill in the gaps" as huge radio dishes all over the planet "tune in" to the supermassive black hole.

Press conferences around the globe are being organised, seemingly to announce a photograph that could break new ground in our understanding in space. The European Commission, European Research Council, and the global team behind the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project are gearing up for this "groundbreaking" announcement on April 10 at 15:00 CEST (13:00 UTC, 9:00 EST).

Scientists have targeted Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole that lurks in the middle of our galaxy. This is the reason black holes are impossible to see. To be clear, the image here isn't the image that we will see next week.

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Press briefings on the image will be held simultaneously in the US, Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tokyo. Black holes like Sagittarius A are so dense, they create gravitational pulls that are so strong, they bend light, and space.

With the black hole surrounded by clouds of gas and dust obscuring the view. The speakers at these various events include some heavy hitters, such as Carlos Moedas, the European commissioner for research, science and innovation; James Liao, president of the Academia Sinica; European Southern Observatory Director General Xavier Barcons; and Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array Director Sean Dougherty.

However, at the edge of a black hole lies the "event horizon".

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