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Astronomers to release pictures of a black hole for the first time

Black holes have always been a trending and mysterious topic of discussion since we were never able to collect their data and images. Being the source of high gravity, not letting even the light to escape, this breaking news will get you on your feet!

European Southern Observatory is about to make the most trailblazing announcement in a press conference on April 10, 2019, at 15:00 CEST (13:00 UTC, 9:00 EST) as the first ever picture of a black hole’s event horizon would be made public.

An international team of astronomers who had been monitoring the event horizon telescope, trying to obtain a direct photograph of our galaxy’s massive black hole, Sagittarius A*. We have never been able to see a black hole since they are an immense source of gravity and absorb all electromagnetic radiation, thereby, being completely undetectable to our telescope.


However, a project called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) consisting of a series of telescopes (15 and 20 telescopic dishes) collectively of the size of the Earth has been active in the heart of our milky way trying to get a picture of the supermassive black hole for us! What makes this news ground-breaking is that we are going to see the ‘Supermassive Blackhole’ which gives birth to many other black holes in the galaxy.

Wondering how is this possible? Well, all the telescopes are pointed in the direction of the black hole and they measure the radio waves, storing them on banks of hard disk drives. Each telescope is observed individually within the region spanning the South Pole, Europe, South America, Africa, North America and Australia and the collected radio wave data is stored in the supercomputer which was later processed, analysed and sorted by the researchers.

Sera Markoff, a professor at the University of Amsterdam who co-leads the EHT’s Multiwavelength Working Group told MailOnline that:
‘If the project succeeds in making an image of a black hole, it would be a really big deal for the fields of physics and astrophysics. Scientists have been working towards this goal for over 20 years.’ However, she also told that they are not yet confirmed if the observations could produce the direct picture of a black hole’s silhouette making the announcement ground-breaking for all of us!
You can watch this historic live stream on YouTube.

So, get ready to witness the most historical event in space research until now, which will change the way we think and see black holes!

About the author: Kalpit Veerwal
Kalpit Veerwal is a second year Computer Science undergraduate at IIT Bombay. He is well known for being the only person to score 360/360 in JEE (Main). He is registered in the Limca Book of Records for the same. A blogger in his free time, he has also secured top ranks in various exams held in India and the world.

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