Black holes do not let light escape, according to University of Arizona professor Dimitrios Psaltis, so how does a camera capture a photo of one? This is the challenge for Psaltis and the team at Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a project designed to create an Earth-sized telescope network that can capture images of black holes.
On April 10, the National Science Foundation and EHT will hold a joint press conference. Although the organizations have declined to comment on their findings and the content of the event, many believe this will be a grand unveiling of the first-ever photograph of a black hole.
“Most of the time what we do in science, is as you said, is taking a tiny little step that is completely inconsequential,” Psaltis said. “And yet, once every generation, once every two generations we are lucky enough to be in front of something major like taking a picture of a black hole. To me at least, that is not something that happens all the time.”
The conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. EST and will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
UPDATE, 4/10/19: Event Horizon Telescope this morning unveiled the first ever images of a black hole. The images were released to the public this morning during its press conference in Washington, D.C. To view the press conference in its entirety, see the video below.
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