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Humans are set to see first ever picture of ‘supermassive’ black hole, all you need to know

Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Project Is Expected To Unveil A Photograph Of A Black Hole To The Public

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 07 Apr 2019, 10:54:46 AM
Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is a project to create a large telescope array consisting of a global network of radio telescopes

New Delhi:

Humans are all set to see the first ever picture of a supermassive black hole. This came after a group of scientists from the international Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project is expected to unveil a photograph of a black hole to the public. Earlier, The European Southern Observatory has revealed that there will be a huge announcement soon. Scientists for years have struggled to capture one of these deadly masses on camera. According to the advance statement, the researchers will be discussing the "first result from the Event Horizon Telescope." On 10 April 2019, at 6.30 pm the European Commission, European Research Council, and the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project will present results they are describing as "ground-breaking".

The aim is to observe the immediate environment of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* at the centre of the Milky Way, as well as the even larger black hole in the supergiant elliptical galaxy Messier 87, with angular resolution comparable to the black hole's event horizon.

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is a project to create a large telescope array consisting of a global network of radio telescopes and combining data from several very-long-baseline interferometry (VLBI) stations around the Earth.

“Seeing the event horizon - the point outside a black hole at which light can no longer achieve escape velocity - is theoretically possible, although not easy. Spacetime around a black hole is weird; in addition, Sgr A* is shrouded in a thick cloud of dust and gas,” the Science Alert reported. 

The historical event is going to be streamed on YouTube, according to reports.

A black hole is a region of spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing—not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from inside it. The theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass can deform spacetime to form a black hole.  

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First Published : 07 Apr 2019, 10:53:57 AM