Closest Snapshot Of A Black Hole Can Be Seen By 2017

Admin | Published 2016-09-13 11:12

Brace yourselves as we are about to set our eyes on a black hole for the very first time, this is what scientists hope.


A team of researchers and scientists use a computer algorithm and a variety of equipment in an attempt to take a snap shot of an event horizon by 2017, The Independent reports.


This so-called snap shot is to be taken by a super telescope named Event Horizon, a combination of 9 radio telescopes placed all over the world.


The project hopes to take a picture of, obviously, a black hole’s event horizon, expected to look like a large crescent. The snapshot will challenge all the assumptions of physics, including general relativity. Something as big as an existing black hole could bend space-time, this should be seen in the picture if correct.


The project is now almost ready; all elements are now in place, as reported by people working on it. All we need to do is hope that the picture will be taken properly by next year.


Team member Feral Ozel gladly expressed that we are almost there as he had a dialogue with BBC News, “The phasing in of the instruments has been done, the receivers are in place and the theoretical work has been done.


"There are quite a few challenges that need to be overcome to take a picture of a black hole - it's something that's extremely small in the sky. But what we're hoping for is a full array observation in early 2017."

There is a detected black hole located at the center of the Milky Way, our own backyard, which is 17 times larger than the sun. This is relatively small, and if positioned 25,000 miles away is very hard to spot. Adding to the challenge are the huge dust clouds and gas surrounding it.

Not to worry, this new project is looking forward to take a picture with all the 9 radio telescopes tied together by a very complex algorithm with an addition of a virtual telescope gathering data from Chile, Antarctica, Spain, Hawaii, Arizona, and Mexico. The chosen wavelength to work with is 1.3mm, which should let the research team get around all the interference.  
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