2017

Infographic showing the EHT sites around the world

ESO outreach blog discusses "Challenges in Obtaining an Image of a Supermassive Black Hole"

August 4, 2017

In a recent blog post within the series entitled "Taking the First Picture of a Black Hole", the ESO outreach team explains some technological challenges that the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration faces in pursuit of high-resolution images of black holes using the technique of very long baseline interferometry: Challenges in Obtaining an Image of a Supermassive Black Hole

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ALMA Array

National Geographic: "Astronomers May Finally Have the First Picture of a Black Hole"

April 11, 2017

"After completing five nights of observations, today astronomers may finally have captured the first-ever image of the famous gravitational sinkhole known as a black hole. [...]

As the final observing run ended at 11:22 a.m. ET, team member Vincent Fish sat contentedly in his office at the MIT Haystack Observatory in Westford, Massachusetts. For the past week, Fish had been on call 24/7, sleeping fitfully with his cell phone next to him, the ringer set loud."

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Telescope at night

The Atlantic: "Gazing Into the Abyss"

March 29, 2017

"Soon ALMA will take on perhaps the most ambitious endeavor of its brief existence. Over 10 days in early April, it will join radio telescopes at five other sites spanning the globe, from Hawaii to the South Pole, in an attempt to capture the shadow of a supermassive black hole that sits at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, and an even bigger one in the neighboring galaxy M87."

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