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Astronomers trying to get the first ever picture of the event horizon of a massive black hole in the center of the milky Way, said that they received a very high quality data with high resolution. This will allow you to see the “shadow” of a black hole, if it exists. This publication reports The Guardian.
The researchers used a global network of telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope, to study the supermassive black hole located in the constellation Sagittarius at a distance of 26 thousand years from Earth. The object is referred to as Sagittarius A* and is located in the center of the milky Way. Since a black hole cannot be seen due to the fact that it does not emit light, and orbiting around it a disc of material indistinguishable from that of neutron stars, the researchers hope that they will be able to capture the “shadow” of a black hole — a dark region compared to the visible radiation corresponding to the event horizon.
While researchers can’t say whether or not they could obtain the event horizon of Sagittarius A*, or other study of a giant black hole M87. It is expected that the results will be published in the spring of 2019. Currently, the researchers are completing data processing.
In Event Horizon Telescope consists of eight observatories, which, according to astronomer Michael Bremer (Michael Bremer), all together act like a single telescope with a diameter of 10 thousand kilometers. This allows to significantly increase the resolution of the resulting images and their level of detail.
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