The European Southern Observatory has revealed that on April 10 there will be a big announcement. Yes, we know how that sounds, but from what we can say, it seems that the world is finally about to see the First photo of the event horizon of a black hole..
Of course, we will not know for sure until the press event, which we will cover live on our site. But here's a mbadive clue: according to the advance statement, the researchers will discuss the "first result of the Event Horizon telescope."
For years, the Event Horizon telescope has been contemplating the heart of the Milky Way, trying to obtain a photograph of the location of Sagittarius A *, the central supermbadive black hole of our galaxy; and in a galaxy called Messier 87, 50 million light-years away, trying to visualize its black hole as well.
It is not a feat: black holes are literally invisible: they absorb all electromagnetic radiation, which means that none of our telescopes (radio, X-rays, optics, gamma rays) can detect them.
That's why we've never seen one.
But seeing the event horizon, the point outside a black hole in which light can no longer reach escape velocity, is theoretically possible, although it is not easy. The space-time around a black hole is strange; In addition, Sgr A * is wrapped in a thick cloud of dust and gas.
But do not let that stop the dedicated scientists. Telescopes around the world devoted their combined strength to the task, generating so much data that the only way to transport them was on the hard drives sent in the aircraft. And then the researchers had to clbadify and badyze that data.
Now something is finally ready. On April 10, 2019, at 15:00 CEST (13:00 UTC, 09:00 EST), the European Commission, the European Research Council and the Event Horizes Telescope (EHT) project will present the results they describe as " innovators ".
As they point out, "due to the importance of this result, we encourage satellite events in the different ESO member states and beyond."
AAAAAH. WE CAN WAIT DURINGLY.
The event will be broadcast on YouTube, and there is a link here. Put it in your bookmarks. We're also going to be blogging live tonight, so tune in if you want to share our excitement.
This is going to be historic.
This article was published for the first time on April 1, 2019.