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When we think of the universe, we know that it’s more to it than just planets, stars, and moons.
First Blackhole Image in Production
There are also those things that have been shrouded in mystery such as dark matter, and dark energy just to name a few. But perhaps one of the biggest mysteries of outer space and one that has fascinated many for years is the notorious black hole. This phenomenon has been the subject of books, documentaries. It has also been featured in science fiction movies and television programs. But despite all the fascination around them, no one has ever actually been able to capture an image of an actual black hole. But it turns out there is a team out there determined to do just that thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope.
A research team has been utilizing the EHT to try to capture images of the black hole known as the Sagittarius A; This black hole exists within our own Milky Way Galaxy. The EHT is not just one telescope but a series of radio telescopes all working to gather data from this enigma. The plan is for the information to be collected over the course of a ten day period. As for when it will be determined if an actual image has been produced the projection is for sometime in 2018.
The question now is can these images be produced? After all, despite the fact that Sagittarius A is within the confines of the Milky Way Galaxy, it is still a good 26,000 light years away. Not to mention that fact that is has been determined by other research scientists through study that this black hole has to be over 4 million times the known mass of our sun which is quite large in itself. But if anyone can pull off such a massive job it would the group of telescopes known as the EHT. Together these radio telescopes can become one massive telescope rivaling the size of the earth itself.
Only time will tell if the EHT will indeed bring back the first ever images of a real black hole. But even if the images aren’t all we hope for, it will still no doubt be more information than we had before. So, our friend the elusive black hole may be closer to have its mystery solved after all.