At long last, our chance to get a glimpse of black holes may soon happen. Thanks to Event Horizon Telescope, which was released last year!
The Event Horizon project depends on telescopes located around the world (c) Fast Company
This super telescope can capture the real form of black holes. For decades, humanity doesn't know what black holes really look like.
Though we have a clue how it possible features, its true physical form remains a mystery. Hopefully, not for long.
As soon as April, Event Horizon Telescope will start to operate. If this device successfully captures the image of this mysterious entity, we’d retrieve a kind of evidence that will bring us closer to understanding our long-held unanswered questions.
The Event Horizon Telescope will utilize a technique called very-long baseline interferometry (VLBI). Because the telescope operates through a network of radio receivers planted across the planet, the technique will let receivers collect radio signals emitted by a precise point in space.
Artist representation of bacl holes (c) NASA
If the technique successfully achieves its purpose, we'd be able to see our own galaxy's black hole, Sagittarius A*, located 26,000 light-years from Earth. Event Horizon Telescope has 20 million kilometers (12.4 million miles) in diameter, which could make this possible.
Around April 5 and 14, the telescope will be acquiring the special technique. If everything goes according to experts' plans, we would be able to get a glimpse of the black hole by late 2017 or the beginning of 2018.