Published: Fri, April 05, 2019
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Rumors of 1st Ever Black Hole Photo Fanned by Scientists' 'Mysterious Meetings'

Rumors of 1st Ever Black Hole Photo Fanned by Scientists' 'Mysterious Meetings'

Instead, scientists have been able to image the chaos that appears just outside the black hole, known as the black hole's "Event Horizon.' That's the 'point-of-no-return" for anything heading into the black hole and where our knowledge of physics begin to break down.

Next week, the European Southern Observatory is going to make a big announcement, and no one is sure exactly what it's going to be. Next Wednesday, a press conference is set to be held, and at the conference, scientists will unveil the first ever photograph of a black hole. BLACK HOLE HUNTERS premieres Friday, April 12 at 9 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

While it would be impossible to see the black hole itself due to the fact that light simply can not escape their gravitational pull and reach observers on Earth, scientists focused their efforts on procuring an image of its event horizon.

Since it has been launched, the Event Horizon Telescope has been struggling to pinpoint Sagittarius A which is the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Excitement is growing about the series of press conferences, as they could well announce a photograph - breaking new ground in our understanding of the universe. The nearest supermassive black hole to Earth is thought to be situated at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, but that's a long, long stretch for modern telescope technology.

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

The main press conference will be held in Brussels on 3 April, with other conferences expected to be held in Chile, Shanghai, Japan, Taipei, and the United States.

But the telescope hopes to capture an image of the event horizon - the point at their edge where light can not escape. That has proved incredibly hard, because of the dust and disruption that lurks on the far reaches of a black hole.

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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