- The Event Horizon Telescope has been focused on two supermassive black holes.
- One, Sagittarius A*, is at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
- Results will be unveiled on Wednesday.
The world may be about to see the first ever photo of the event horizon of a black hole if speculation about an upcoming news conference holds true.
On Wednesday, six simultaneous news conferences will present what is being called a “groundbreaking result” from the work of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration.
One, known as Sagittarius A*, is 26,000 light years away from Earth at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. The other is a massive black hole in a galaxy known as M87, in the constellation of Virgo.
Much of the speculation says Wednesday’s news will be about Sagittarius A*.
Photographing actual black holes is impossible. Their gravity keeps anything from escaping, including X-rays, infrared, light and radio waves, according to Science Alert. So there’s nothing for our cameras to capture.
Instead, scientists are aiming for images of the event horizon, the precipice of the black hole known as the “point of no return,” and the gas and dust that settles into orbit around the hole, according to Science News.
The news conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. EDT Wednesday. The National Science Foundation will provide a live stream.
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