London- In an unprecedented global project, equipment of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which links nine telescopes across the world, has started collecting information of the “Sagittarius A” hole, aiming to capture the first picture for this massive hole in the Milky Way.
Jean-Pierre Luminet, director of the French National Center for Scientific Research said “In 1973, I was the first one to calculate on computer what the silhouette of a black hole might look like. 40 years later, I will see it in real life.”
Luminet said that telescopes used today are highly advanced, but researchers still ignore the real form of these black holes. He added that these holes have special magic and have inspired many filmmakers, like in “Star Wars”.
Samuel Boissier, researcher from the Astrophysics Lab of Marseille stated that this first-of-its-kind opportunity will finally accentuate the scientists’ understanding of physics and the existence of black holes.
Boissier added that the majority of galaxies contain black holes, but no one succeeded in taking pictures of them; these holes are very dark and are characterized with a very strong gravity, and can swallow all bodies and lights that approach them. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)’s project links nine telescopes in the South Pole, the United States, Chile, and the French Alps. The nine telescopes are programmed to work as one massive telescope.
Astronomers participating in this project have prepared themselves to take pictures for the great “Sagittarius A” and the gases flowing around it in 5-14 April. It is worth noting that flowing gases make the mission harder, as scientists have resorted to use radio waves to scatter them in order to take the long-awaited picture.