ASTRONOMERS: For the First Time Ever, Black Hole Will Be Seen In 2018
By Jamie Seidel, news.com.au // December 18, 2017
"process might take several months to achieve the goal of obtaining the first image of a black hole"
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(news.com.au) – WE’RE about to see — for the very first time — the event horizon of a black hole, proving beyond any last vestige of doubt that Einstein’s interstellar monsters are real. And here’s what it will look like.
While astronomers have long seen the fallout of the presence of black holes on the stars and gas clouds around them, none have ever actually stared directly into its abyss. But they’re hoping to, soon.
What we’re expecting to see in 2018 is the silhouette of the disc of the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy, burned starkly against a background of superheated plasma being tossed about its enormous maw.
“One of the really nice things about this is taking an image of black hole event horizon has been beyond our reach for so long that it’s been a pleasant surprise to build upon these existing technologies and capture an image so soon,” says Monash University astrophysicist Professor Michael Brown. “It really complements the exciting gravitational wave discoveries of merging black holes and the creation of new black holes.”
The project to capture Sagittarius A began in April this year.
What the @ehtelescope expects to find in 2018 – a silhouette in the glow of radiation at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Simulation by 2017 Jansky Fellow Kazunori Akiyama. pic.twitter.com/H0Nz6RRjj9
— NRAO (@TheNRAO) December 15, 2017
Radio telescopes all over the world were synchronised and pointed towards the centre of the Milky Way. Combined, they produced an Earth-sized telescope capable of incredible resolution over immense distances.
All the data from each of these radio telescopes have now been gathered. It’s being processed to filter out background noise and interference. What’s hoped to be left behind is something looking like this.
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