Scientists Reveal Groundbreaking Results From Event Horizon Telescope

Scientists Reveal Groundbreaking Results From Event Horizon Telescope ...

The event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration is preparing to present new information to the world.

The scientific community has closely monitored the exact contents of the announcement, but it''s being labeled a "groundbreaking discovery in the Milky Way."

At the same time, you can watch the press conference live here, and follow the following video below, to see what exactly the discovery is.

The results being presented are from the EHT project, which was responsible for achieving the first-ever visual of a black hole in 2019 so we''re almost frobbing with excitement to see what they have for us right now.

The following times are in UTC and chronological order. Refresh and scroll to the bottom to see the latest updates. Every few minutes, we''ll be adding new information.

12.40: Okay, the moment has come! We''re on the edge of our seats and are so excited to share this incredible moment in astronomy with you. We''ll be updating this blog every few minutes so keep hitting refresh!

12.41: Here''s what we learned so far about the announcement. EHT, which provided us our first image of a black hole almost three years ago, suggests that perhaps we''ll be able to see the very first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*).

If astronomers have achieved a direct image of Sgr A*''s event horizon, it will be a historic moment, so make sure you''ve got snacks and plenty of fluids on hand. This is not your chance to miss it.

12.43: It''s not just the fact that this black hole is in our home galaxy that would make this announcement so cool. It''s actually an awful feat. Sgr A* is about 4.3 million times the Sun''s mass, with an event horizon 25.4 million kilometers long, and is 25,800 light-years away. It''s like trying to photograph a tennis ball on the Moon.

12.44: Black holes are very difficult to photograph at the best of times, because they are literally invisible, absorbing all electromagnetic radiation. Even worse, Sgr A* is even trickier to study because it''s also obscured by a cloud of dust and gases.

Sgr A* was a major target for the EHT''s April 2017 observing campaign. If astronomers have seen the black hole''s horizon, it should appear as a glowing donut. This is the black hole''s accretion disk, a ring of gas and dust that gives off radiation as it orbits Sgr A*.

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