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Ever photograph of a black hole is about to be unveiled

Ever photograph of a black hole is about to be unveiled

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has recently announced that the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project has just made a groundbreaking black hole discovery. That telescope has been capturing data for more than a decade in an attempt to take a photo of the edge of a black hole, the first time one would ever have been seen by human eyes.

The Event Horizon Telescope project combines radio observatories and telescope facilities from around the world to make up a virtual telescope with a diameter spanning the entire planet.

Gopal Narayanan at the University of MA said in 2017, 'These are the observations that will help us to sort through all the wild theories about black holes.

Specifically, the photo will be of "Sagittarius A", the supermassive black hole that's at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy.

But even with multiple telescopes pointing at Sagittarius A* for the better part of two years, imaging a black hole is not easy.

Press conferences around the globe are being organised, seemingly to announce a photograph that could break new ground in our understanding in space. The unusual entities are unimaginably-dense objects with gravitational pulls so intense that nothing - even light - can escape their grasp.

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But the telescope hopes to capture an image of the event horizon - the point at their edge where light can not escape. While we can understand them because of the way they affect the space that surrounds them, they cannot actually be directly seen.

Black holes are so odd that they're kind of hard to wrap your brain around.

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.

Press briefings on the image will be held simultaneously in the US, Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tokyo.

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.