EHT To Capture The First Picture Of A Black Hole

Super Black Hole

Scientists plan to capture the first ever picture of a black hole's event horizon The image will be captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). EHT consists of a global network of several powerful radio telescopes which are distributed around the globe.

Single Powerful Telescope

The telescopes are combined together to create a single powerful telescope. The telescope will focus on a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A*. It's located 25,000 light years away at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Sagittarius A* is 24 million km (15 million miles) across. It's predicted to be 17 times bigger than the sun. Data from each telescope are collected on hard drives and sent to the MIT Haystack Observatory in Massachusetts. Where the data are cross compared and analyzed on a grid computer. Which is made of about 800 CPUs all connected through a 40 Gbit/s network. Researchers expect to capture the image as early as 2017.


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