'Groundbreaking Result' Coming from Black-Hole Hunting Event Horizon Telescope Next Week

Mindy Sparks
April 5, 2019

Taking a photo of a black hole is not an easy task.

Excitement is growing about the series of press conferences, as they could well announce a photograph - breaking new ground in our understanding of the universe. The announcement has many in the scientific community anticipating the release of an image or images of a black hole's event horizon: the only part - if you want to think of it that way - of a black hole that may be theoretically detectable. The image marks the first time humans have ever seen a black hole.

The object of the telescope's attention, Sagittarius A*, is a supermassive black hole located at the center of the Milky Way.

The scientists hope that the radio telescopes will capture the event horizon - the point beyond which nothing can escape from the black hole, not even light.

The first pictures were in fact expected to be produced in two years ago but was delayed due to technical difficulties.

They've captured our imaginations for decades, but we've never actually photographed a black hole before - until now. A lot of material is accumulated in this area and speeds around the black hole at a very high pace that results in the emission of radiation, which is visible.

With the black hole surrounded by clouds of gas and dust obscuring the view.

But the telescope hopes to snap an image of the event horizon, or the point at their edge where light can not escape.

Now astronomers are teasing the "groundbreaking" and incredibly important new breakthrough in that project, suggesting the project might finally be complete. Six global space agencies will hold press briefings around the world, including in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo will also be held next Wednesday, a release from the agency said. The speakers at these various events include some heavy hitters, such as Carlos Moedas, the European commissioner for research, science and innovation; James Liao, president of the Academia Sinica; European Southern Observatory Director General Xavier Barcons; and Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array Director Sean Dougherty.

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