The Event Horizon Telescope: the incredible feat of shooting a black hole will soon be a reality!
The Event Horizon Telescope will be operational in April, and his first target will be a black hole located 26,000 light years from the Earth
We're almost there, soon we will have the chance to see the first photo shoot of a black hole, so far shown only with images created by man. The photo of the century will be captured by the Event Horizon Telescope, a telescope able to photograph the event horizon of a black hole, who will make the observations from the 5th to the 14th of April.
The Event Horizon Telescope will operate through a network of radio receivers scattered around the planet, picking up radio signals emitted from a precise point in the space. The telescope will be available, as well, an opening as large as the diameter of the earth and attempt to observe Sagittarius A* (the asterisk stands for “star”), the black hole located 26,000 light years from Earth, with a mass of more than 4 million times that of our Sun and a horizon of events from 20 million kilometers in diameter.
The result of the shot will be the shadow of the black hole, because it does not emit radiation. Due to the huge amount of data, the images will not be available before the end of this year or the beginning of 2018. According to the scientists, however, may be very similar to the artistic representation of the film Interstellar, which the director, Christopher Nolan, has worked with the astrophysicist, Kip Thorne, to make sure that it was a realistic image.
Through this project, we hope to prove the existence of the celestial body and to retrieve useful information for the understanding of the Universe, but also to discover the supermassive black hole in the giant elliptical galaxy M87.
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