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PostSubject: Photographing Supermassive Black Holes: Earth-Size Event Horizon Telescope Starts Operation   Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:42 am

There are a lot of things in the universe we donít know much about, and among the most puzzling of those enigmatic objects are black holes. We know they have a very strong gravitational pull that doesnít let even light escape, that they exist in varying sizes and sometimes in pairs, and we know that supermassive black holes are at the centers of many galaxies, but since direct observation of a black hole has never been possible, there is a whole lot more about them we are completely clueless about.



A new observation campaign that started Wednesday is trying to change that by making the first-ever images of the event horizon ó the boundary beyond which any light coming from the black hole cannot escape ó of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The project, called the ďEvent Horizon Telescope,Ē uses eight large telescopes from around the world to create one large observational instrument. EHT will operate till April 14.

http://www.ibtimes.com/photographing-supermassive-black-holes-earth-size-event-horizon-telescope-starts-2521548
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