Most of the data collected in April 2017 EHT global campaign have now been through a first stage of processing at the MIT Haystack Observatory (Cambridge, MA, USA) and the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR; Bonn, Germany). Computing clusters at these facilities have combined signals from sites around the world to produce "raw" data sets. Now the exciting task of further processing and analyzing these data is underway within a number of focused working groups. These groups are calibrating the data to remove instrumental effects and formatting the output for imaging and
The April 2017 Observations gallery has just been updated with new photos from the South Pole Telescope. These photos bring you inside the reciever cabin, outside on the telescope in temperature of -60 degrees Celsius, and under an Antarctic night sky illuminated by aurora autralis. Find a sample of the new photos below, and the rest in the April 2017 Observations gallery, alongside photos of telescopes,
In honor of Space Exploration Day, commemorating the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, Event Horizon Telescope scientists share what inspires them about space exploration and observation.
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For all of humanity, life begins as a profound voyage of exploration. Some of us are gifted the great fortune of never fully growing up. At heart, I remain an explorer. Every day, I set forth to confront the unknown, not on foot, but on blackboards, inside computers, and through telescopes. Thus, to me,
It is an exciting time in the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project. After many years of preparation, our team mounted a week-long observing campaign in April of this year that linked together 8 telescopes in Hawaii, the South Pole, Arizona, Spain, Mexico and Chile. This global array targeted two supermassive black holes, one at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, and the other at the heart of M87, a giant elliptical galaxy about 50 million light years away. For each of these black holes, the EHT has the magnifying power and sensitivity to form images of the mm