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Astronomers Are Teasing the First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole

April 1st 19__Jon Christian__Filed Under: Hard Science
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Event Horizon

The international team behind the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project is gearing up for a huge announcement next week — and according to ScienceAlert‘s analysis, it’s likely to be the first-ever photo of a black hole’s event horizon.

If that prediction is correct, the April 10 event will be a monumental moment for science — providing a glimpse of one of the most epic objects in the known universe.

Media Blitz

The EHT is a network of telescopes around the globe. For several years, astronomers have been using it to peer into Sagittarius A*, the monster black hole at the center of our galaxy with the goal of looking past the space debris to see its event horizon, the point at which matter and light can no longer escape.

An advance briefing on the April 10 announcement does little to temper expectations that the team has succeeded in that effort, promising a “groundbreaking result” from the EHT.

It also notes that six major press conferences will be held around the world and encourages the creation of satellite events “due to the importance” of the finding, which has the potential to upend astrophysics forever.

READ MORE: Astronomers Worldwide Are About to Make a Groundbreaking Black Hole Announcement [ScienceAlert]

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