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1ST IMAGE OF A BLACK HOLE | EUROPEAN COMMISSION

BREAKTHROUGH DISCOVERY IN ASTRONOMY : PRESS CONFERENCE

On 10 April 2019 the European Commission presented a groundbreaking discovery by Event Horizon Telescope — an international scientific collaboration aiming to capture the first image of a black hole by creating a virtual Earth sized telescope .

Six press conferences around the world took place simultaneously . In Europe , Commissioner Moedas and lead scientists funded by the European Research Council held a press conference in Brussels to unveil the discovery .

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SEEING THE UNSEEABLE | HARVARD NEWS | 04.10.2019

A global team of astronomers , led by Harvard scientists , have for the first time captured an image of a black hole .

The image , revealed by researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope ( EHT ) , shows a bright ring of material surrounding a dark center that marks the event horizon of the black hole — the " point of no return , where nothing , not even light — can escape " .

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A BLACK HOLE REVEALED | HARVARD NEWS | 04.10.2019

In the annals of science , there are a few images — think the " pale blue dot " captured by Voyager I or Apollo 8 " Earthrise " — that have both captured the public imagination and offered scientists insight into how the Universe works .

Researchers at the Event Horizon Telescope ( EHT ) just unveiled the latest .

The image , the first ever of a black hole , is destined for the shortlist of iconic images not only for what it can tell astronomers and physicists about how gravity and general relativity work under the most extreme conditions , but also because it captures what EHT Director Sheperd Doeleman called " a one way door from our Universe " .

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