Published: Fri, April 05, 2019
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Astronomers to release first ever image of black hole on April 10

Astronomers to release first ever image of black hole on April 10

Smithsonian Channel is to follow a team of worldwide scientists as they attempt to capture the first image ever of a black hole.

While the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy is more than 4 million times larger than our own sun, Sag A* is so far away, even the most powerful telescope on Earth doesn't stand a chance of mapping its event horizon by itself.

Black holes are by their very nature impossible to see, since they swallow up all light and so make it impossible for any to reach us on Earth.

The European Southern Observatory will conduct the news conference to present a "groundbreaking result" with audiovisual material to support the research result.

Black Hole Hunters premieres April 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

The excitement is growing about the series of the press conference, as they could well announce a photograph-breaking the new ground in our understanding of the universe.


When it comes to spotting a black hole, the distance is really what is holding humanity back.

The first pictures were in fact expected to be produced in two years ago but was delayed due to technical difficulties. While we can understand them because of the way they affect the space that surrounds them, they cannot actually be directly seen.

Literally, black holes are invisible space- they absorb all the electromagnetic radiations.

Even that will be challenging, however, as the black hole at the centre of our galaxy is "shrouded in a thick cloud of dust and gas", according to Science Alert. The ESO announced that there would be a press conference about the recent discovery that is set to take place on April 10th at 15:00 CEST.

Seeing the event horizon of a black hole is something that's theoretically possible. Other press events will be held in Chile, Shanghai, Japan, Taipei, and the United States of America, each in their local languages.

Key funding for the Event Horizon Telescope was provided by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the EU's European Research Council (ERC) and funding agencies in East Asia.

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