In two weeks, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) will provide the world with new information about our Milky Way.
No one is guessing what the announcement will be, but based on what we know about their recent efforts, there’s reason to be excited – the results presented are from event horizon telescope (EHT), who was responsible for producing the first-ever image of a black hole in 2019.
For years now, the EHT project has been studying the core of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, which is likely home to a supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A*.
Whatever they discover, they make a lot of it.
As scientists host simultaneous press conferences around the world, it’s very likely that what they’re hiding is the next batch after the historic moment of 2019 to detect the first black hole.
A conference on the results will be broadcast online on May 12, 2022 at 15:00 CET (13:00 UTC, 9:00 ET), followed by a YouTube event with six astronomers from around the world. press releases will include “Extensive Supportive Audiovisual Materials” (IKE!).
If astronomers can produce a first-hand image of the Sgr A* event horizon, it would be a historic moment you don’t want to miss.
black holes It is very difficult to photograph because it is invisible in the literal sense of the word, absorbing all electromagnetic radiation. All we hope to see is the event horizon. Essentially, the black hole diagram, which represents where light can no longer escape the gravitational forces of a black hole.
But Sgr A* is obscured by a cloud of dust and gas, making it particularly difficult to study.
If astronomers imaged the horizon of a black hole, it should appear as a glowing cake. This is a black hole’s accretion disk, a ring of gas and dust that emits intense radiation as it plunges into the abyss.
The ESO press release promises something “pioneering,” the same wording they used before announcing the first live image of a black hole in 2019.
At the center of the galaxy was M87, this black hole has a mass of 6.5 billion times the mass of our Sun. The event horizon has a radius of about 20 billion kilometers, which is really quite far away.
Experts compare taking a live photo of it to observing an object 1 millimeter in size from a distance of 13,000 kilometers (8,000 miles).
Srg A* is much closer to us, as it is at the heart of our galaxy. However, it is rather small for a supermassive black hole, Only 4.3 million times larger than the sun. It can only be detected because it is relatively closer to Earth than M87*.
So, if astronomers finally get a picture of its event horizon, it sure will be a groundbreaking one.
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