(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Event Horizon Telescope will release an image of Sagittarius A on Wednesday.
The very first image of a real-life black hole is on its way tomorrow thanks to the science and technology of the Event Horizon Telescope. That is right despite black holes being absolutely crucial to our understanding of the way the solar system has formed humans have never actually laid eyes on one of these regions of spacetime with strong gravitational effects.
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Of course, NASA and other scientific organizations have published images created by artists that give us an impression of what a black hole would look like but none of these beautiful artworks are the real deal.
The image of Sagittarius A, the black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, is set to be released tomorrow.
Huge international effort
Here is what we know at the moment. First, it is really hard to get an image of a black hole, and the impending image release has taken years of work and infinite amounts of collaborative engineering from scientist located all across the globe.
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) isn’t one big telescope but is made up of an array of radio telescopes that are linked together to boost their power.