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Astronomers Image Magnetic Fields at the Edge of M87’s Black Hole

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of a black hole, has revealed today a new view of the massive object at the centre of the M87 galaxy: how it looks in polarised light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarisation, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of a black hole. The observations are key to explaining how the M87 galaxy, located 55 million light-years away, is able to launch energetic jets from its core.

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2021 Henry Draper Medal of the National Academy of Sciences Presented to Shep Doeleman and Heino Falcke

Recognizing their vision and leadership within the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) awards Shep Doeleman and Heino Falcke the Henry Draper Medal.  The 300+ members of the collaboration are honored and proud of this recognition of the revolutionary and fundamental scientific results they achieved together.

The Henry Draper Medal is awarded every four years and honors a recent, original investigation in astronomical physics of sufficient importance and benefit to science.  From the NAS: "the...

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Something is Lurking in the Heart of Quasar 3C 279

First Event Horizon Telescope Images of a Black-Hole Powered Jet

One year ago, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration published the first image of a black hole in the nearby radio galaxy M 87. Now the collaboration has extracted new information from the EHT data on the distant quasar 3C 279: they observed the finest detail ever seen in a jet produced by a supermassive black hole. New analyses, led by Jae-Young Kim from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn, enabled the collaboration to trace the jet back to its launch point,...

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