The road to the first image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy

The road to the first image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy

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In 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration captured the first image of a black hole, and earlier this year, it captured an image of the black hole at the heart of our own Milky Way galaxy.

In an article from natural Sciencesa leading member of the collaboration – Heino Falcke, Ph.D., of Radboud University Nijmegen – tells the story of the journey that led to the creation of this latest image.

“This was only possible because of a great collaborative effort of scientists and institutions around the world,” Dr. Falcke wrote.

With these images of black holes, researchers will now be able to test the basic predictions of general relativity and learn about the fundamental astrophysical processes that help shape entire galaxies and even the cosmos.


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More information:
Heino Falcke, The Road to the Image of a Black Hole: A Personal Perspective, natural Sciences (2022). DOI: 10.1002/ntls.20220031

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