The first-ever photo of a black hole could be revealed tomorrow

Apr 9 2019, 2:14 pm

Humanity is about to get a picture of something we’ve never seen before.

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project is an international partnership that aims to capture the first-ever image of a black hole.

Scientists have announced an “unprecedented” and “groundbreaking” plan to unveil a photograph of a black hole, something which human eyes have never before laid eyes upon.

The breakthrough in astrophysics would provide humanity with insight into the celestial monster known as a black hole, a collection of collapsed stars so powerful that space and time becomes distorted. Black holes pull in anything nearby with unfathomable force and gravity, even pulling in light.

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The US National Science Foundation has scheduled a news conference for tomorrow, April 10, where the EHT project is expected to reveal the photographs.

Simultaneous conferences are scheduled to be held in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.

According to Space.com, astronomers have orchestrated radio dish telescopes across the world into an Earth-size virtual camera to deliver the first-ever image of a black hole.

“The astronomers’ idea is to photograph the circular opaque silhouette of a black hole cast on a bright background. The shadow’s edge is the event horizon, a black hole’s point of no return,” reads the news release. “A picture is worth a thousand words, and a photograph of a black hole would be an important tool for understanding astrophysics, cosmology and the role of black holes in the universe.”