The Event Horizon Telescope Is Trying to Take the First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole

A still of a video simulation that shows what a black hole shadow might look like. The animation was featured in a short movie about the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, produced by Peter Galison and Chyld King. Watch a livestreamed announcement of the Event Horizon Telescope’s first results on April 10, 2019 at 9 a.m. EDT here: (Image: © EHT Outreach/YouTube)
Snapping a black hole’s silhouette is like photographing an orange on the moon.

By Doris Elin Salazar |

Astronomers orchestrated radio dish telescopes across the world into an Earth-size virtual camera for a bold new experiment attempting to deliver the first-ever image of a black hole. The telescope collaboration is set to make a big announcement of results this week, and members also described their research approach at a talk in March.

Black holes are extreme warps in space-time that are so strong, their massive gravity doesn’t even let light escape once it gets close enough.

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. 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.

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