First glimpse of black hole on the anvil

World May Soon See First

World May Soon See First

Astronomers say a major announcement is on the way based on findings from the global Event Horizon Telescope project, which experts believe could be the first-ever photographs to show the surroundings of a black hole.

They are extraordinarily dense entities and have gravitational fields so intense no matter can escape being sucked in, including stars, planets, gas, dust and light.

This handout released by Paris Observatory - PSL on February 19, 1919, shows an image taken with the low-fFrequency array radio telescope of a galaxy and its supermassive black hole ejecting jets of material, stacked on an optical image of the sky.

While scientists involved in the research declined to disclose the findings ahead of the formal announcement, they are clear about their goals.

"The black hole shadow was first studied and computed more than 40 years ago by Jim Bardeen in the USA and by Jean-Pierre Luminet in France". The scientists also want to know whether Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity works in a black hole and whether collapsed stars known as pulsars surround the Milky Way's black hole. That theory, put forward in 1915, was meant to explain the laws of gravity and their relation to other natural forces.

Trump admin targets MLB's ability to recruit Cuban players
The 34 players were 17 to 25, classified as worldwide amateurs under MLB rules and eligible to sign minor league contracts. Younger players were required to get the Cuban Baseball Federation's blessing to play for MLB teams .

The Event Horizon Telescope project has pinpointed two supermassive black holes to study: Sgr A*, which lays at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, and M87, a giant elliptical galaxy located in the constellation Virgo. A light year is the distance light travels in a year, 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion km). Streaming away from M87 at almost the speed of light is a large jet of subatomic particles. Supermassive black holes are the largest kind, devouring matter and radiation and perhaps merging with other black holes.

"Nevertheless, it will be very nice and gratifying to see the black hole shadows directly". The strong gravity - the "event horizon" - of black holes creates a dark shadow with a distinct shape where no light can be seen.

The scientists behind the EHT project said they would aim to capture a razor-sharp image, but warned it wouldn't be easy.

"The shape of the [black hole's] shadow will be nearly a flawless circle in Einstein's theory", Dr Psaltis said.

"If we find it to be different than what the theory predicts, then we go back to square one and we say, "Clearly, something is not exactly right".

Recommended News

  • Manny Pacquiao signs with Japan-based MMA Promotion RIZIN

    Manny Pacquiao signs with Japan-based MMA Promotion RIZIN

    This card is scheduled for April 21, so it certainly seems unlikely that Pacquiao will be fighting - even in an exhibition bout. Eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao appears to be taking his talents to The Land of The Rising Sun.
    Borderlands 3 Steam Review Bombing Addressed By Gearbox Boss

    Borderlands 3 Steam Review Bombing Addressed By Gearbox Boss

    On Friday, it put its new policy to work by excluding thousands of reviews for Gearbox Software's " Borderlands " franchise. It will be available on other PC storefronts in April 2020.
    Iran's top commander visits flood-hit southern provinces

    Iran's top commander visits flood-hit southern provinces

    The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said the armed forces were "using all their power" to minimise damage. Heavy rains in Iran began on March 19, affecting around 1,900 cities, towns and villages.
  • Turkish Airlines bids farewell to Ataturk Airport

    Turkish Airlines bids farewell to Ataturk Airport

    The new Istanbul Airport is expected to host more than 200 million passengers a year, two-and-a-half times as many as Heathrow. The employees, who come from different parts of the world, shared their emotions in a video released by the airliner.
    Florida man arrested for murder moments after walking out of prison

    Florida man arrested for murder moments after walking out of prison

    Police said Petersilge was named as a possible suspect early on in the investigation, but was never arrested. Randy Petersilge, 51, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Simon Clark nearly 18 years ago.
    Alleged Mar-A-Lago Malware Courier Loses US Visa

    Alleged Mar-A-Lago Malware Courier Loses US Visa

    The Secret Service has no audio security recordings of its interactions with her and what she said on the grounds of Mar-a-Lago. Yujing Zhang has a detention hearing Monday before federal Magistrate Judge William Matthewman in West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Drug-resistant superbug an emerging threat in NYC

    Drug-resistant superbug an emerging threat in NYC

    Of the three patients here, one recovered, one died, and another's condition was inconclusive as the patient had left the country. Reports of C. auris have come from Venezuela, Spain, Great Britain, India, Pakistan, and South Africa, according to the Times .

    Auto bomb kills three U.S. servicemembers, one contractor outside Bagram Air Field

    Earlier, the Taliban claimed to have conducted an attack with a vehicle bomb, saying "multiple invaders" had been killed. The blast took place on Monday close to Bagram Airfield, the largest USA military facility in Afghanistan.
    Windows 10 May 2019 Update now available in the Release Preview Ring

    Windows 10 May 2019 Update now available in the Release Preview Ring

    Usually, it's best to wait until you receive a notification letting you know that the feature update through Windows Update . In general, though, this new release was created to simply improve the Windows 10 you're already familiar with.
  • First ever black hole images in the final stage of 'printing — CAS

    First ever black hole images in the final stage of 'printing — CAS

    If there's anything different from what general relativity predicts, theoretical physics could be up for quite the show. According to USA space agency NASA , the black hole weighs in at four million times the mass of our Sun.
    Airbnb Guests Find Hidden Camera Live-Streaming Their Stay

    Airbnb Guests Find Hidden Camera Live-Streaming Their Stay

    AIRBNB APPROVE HIDDEN CAMERAS AT THEIR HOUSES", reads Nealie's Facebook post . "We have removed the host from our platform". Despite the regulations, as Ms Barker's predicament illustrates, it is possible for cases to slip through the cracks.
    Amazon reportedly creating AirPod-like earbuds with Alexa integration

    Amazon reportedly creating AirPod-like earbuds with Alexa integration

    They'll come with a wireless charging case akin to the one just released with Apple's second-generation AirPods. It's unclear when Amazon will announce the new buds, but sometime around August or September sounds reasonable.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.