The goal of the Event Horizon Telescope is to capture the first ever image of a black hole. 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.
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