The Event Horizon Telescope, a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration, captured this image of the supermassive black hole and its shadow that’s in the centre of the galaxy M87. Image credit: EHT Collaboration
This spring, scientists released the first-ever image of a black hole — but what they really want is to create a movie of a black hole.
For that, the team will need to involve more instruments in the project, and the Event Horizon Telescope just got money to start making that happen. The grant of £10.3 million ($12.7 million) comes from the National Science Foundation, which is a long-term funding source for the black hole imagery project.
“The spectacular … results have surpassed our wildest expectations, and I am deeply proud of what we achieved as a team,” Shep Doeleman, the founding director of the Event Horizon Telescope and an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said in a statement. “Now the question one hears the most is, ‘What’s next?'”
The answer is a moving image of a black hole, rather than a static snapshot. That type of data will be particularly beneficial when it comes to understanding a crowd-favourite ...