Home  |  Punch  |  Vanguard   |  The Nation  |  Thisday  |  Daily Sun  |  Guardian  |  The Authority  |  Daily Times  |  Daily Trust  |  Daily Independent  |  The Herald  |   Tribune  |  Leadership  |  National Mirror  |  BusinessDay  |  New Telegraph  |  Peoples Daily  |  Blueprint  |  Nigerian Pilot  |  Sahara Reporters  |  Premium Times  |  The Cable  |  PM News  |  Nairametrics  |  APO Africa Newsroom  |  Tori  |  Linda Ikeji  |  Bella Naija  |  Pulse  |  Goal  |  Ftbpro  |  Techcabal  |  Techpoint  |  Techcrunch  |  BBC  |  CNN  |  World  |  Sports  |  Technology  |  Entertainment  |  Business  |  Politics  |  Features  |  Columns  |  All Headlines  |  More Channels...

Coming Picture Of A Supermassive Black Hole Will Be The 'Image Of The Century

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 02 Dec 2014


Scientists have long suspected that supermassive black holes (SMBH) reside at the center of every large galaxy in our universe.These can be billions of times more massive than our sun, and are so powerful that activity at their boundaries can ripple throughout their host galaxies.In the case of the Milky Way galaxy, this SMBH is believed to correspond with the location of a complex radio source known as Sagittarius A*.Like all black holes, no one has even been able to confirm that they exist, simply because no one has ever been able to observe one.But thanks to researchers working out of MIT's Haystack Observatory, that may be about to change. Using a new telescope array known as the "Event Horizon Telescope"; (EHT), the MIT team hopes to produce this "image of the century" very soon.Initially predicted by Einstein, scientists have been forced to study black holes by observing their apparent effect on space and matter in their vicinity. These include stellar bodies that have periodically disappeared into dark regions, never to be heard from again.As Sheperd Doeleman, assistant director of the Haystack Observatory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), said of black holes: "It's an exit door from our universe. You walk through that door, you're not coming back."As the most extreme object predict by Einstein's theory of gravity, supermassive black holes are the places in space where, according to Doeleman, "gravity completely goes haywire and crushes an enormous mass into an incredibly close space."To create the EHT array, the scientists linked together radio dishes in Hawaii, Arizona, and California. The combined power of the EHT means that it can see details 2,000 times finer than what's visible to the Hubble Space Telescope.These radio dishes were then trained on M87, a galaxy some 50 million light years from the Milky Way in the Virgo Cluster, and Sagittarius A* to study the event horizons at their cores.Other instruments have been able to observe and measure the effects of a black hole on stars, planets, and light. But so far, no one has ever actually seen the Milky Way's Supermassive black hole.According to David Rabanus, instruments manager for ALMA: "There is no telescope available which can resolve such a small radius," he said. "It's a very high-mass black hole, but that mass is concentrated in a very, very small region."Doeleman's research focuses on studying super massive black holes with sufficient resolution to directly observe the event horizon. To do this his group assembles global networks of telescopes that observe at mm wavelengths to create an Earth-size virtual telescope using the technique of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI)."We target SgrA*, the 4 million solar mass black hole at the center of the Milky Way, and M87, a giant elliptical galaxy," says Doeleman. "Both of these objects present to us the largest apparent event horizons in the Universe, and both can be resolved by (sub)mm VLBI arrays." he added. "We call this project The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)."Ultimately, the EHT project is a world-wide collaboration that combines the resolving power of numerous antennas from a global network of radio telescopes to capture the first image ever of the most exotic object in our Universe ' the event horizon of a black hole."In essence, we are making a virtual telescope with a mirror that is as big as the Earth," said Doeleman who is the principal investigator of the Event Horizon Telescope. "Each radio telescope we use can be thought of as a small silvered portion of a large mirror. With enough such silvered spots, one can start to make an image.""The Event Horizon Telescope is the first to resolve spatial scales comparable to the size of the event horizon of a black hole," said University of California, Berkeley astronomer Jason Dexter. "I don't think it's crazy to think we might get an image in the next five years."First postulated by Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, the existence of black holes has since been supported by decades' worth of observations, measurements, and experiments. But never has it been possible to directly observe and image one of these maelstroms, whose sheer gravitational power twists and mangle the very fabric of space and time.Finally being able to observe one will not only be a major scientific breakthrough, but could very well provide the most impressive imagery ever captured.SEE ALSO:Astronaut Chris Hadfield Explains The Big Problem With The Mars One Mission READ MORE: The Incredible Story Of The Women Who Were Meant To Be The First Astronauts But Were Left On Earth Join the conversation about this story
Click here to read full news..

Blueprint Headlines Today
[Thu-28-Oct-2021]

Amidst outcry, FEC okays N621bn NNPC fund to fix 21 roads, Niger tops with 9 projects

Lapai appointed as DG of FEYSOC

Anxiety as survey reveals N200% bread price hike December

Nigeria to invest $3bn on refineries to meet 17.3m metric tons of products

SEC DG highlights importance of sports to economic devt

Fraudsters have created fake eNaira social media handles, CBN alerts Nigerians

Heritage Bank, next titan to sustain entrepreneurship support with N15m

Rano commissions TAJBank business office, lauds banks' expansion drive

Dangote championing industrialisation in Nigeria-MAN

Click to view all Blueprint headlines today

World Headlines Today
[Thu-28-Oct-2021]

$100 Million Loan Program Helps Dreamers Pay For Graduate School - Forbes

1 In 5 Adults Still Reject Covid Vaccines, Poll Finds ' Here Are The Biggest Groups Still Holding Out - Forbes

10 Of The Best Matching Family Pajamas (That Are Perfect For Lounging In All Day) - Forbes

10 Soothing Soup Recipes To Cozy Up To For Fall - Forbes

10 things before the opening bell - Business Insider

10 Things in Politics: Dems slash Biden's agenda in search for a deal - Business Insider

10 things in tech you need to know today - Business Insider

100 days to the Winter Olympics: Lindsey Vonn on mental health, retirement and fashion - CNN

12 dock workers reveal the 'never-ending' chaos at shipping ports: 'We can't keep this pace up forever - Yahoo

Click to view all World headlines today

Entertainment Headlines Today
[Thu-28-Oct-2021]

I vomited after seeing his noodle K-shaped thin sugarcane - Uche Maduagwu reacts to Cross's nude video - Linda Ikeji

#BNStyleLFW21: Get Ready For Orange Cultures Spring/Summer 2022 Presentation - Bellanaija

"Keeping Virginity Is Not Easy" - Lady Gives Boyfriend Three months Marriage Ultimatum After Four years of Dating - Tori

2023: South-West Governors back Tinubu for presidency - Kemi Filani

5 years ago, I was so sure I didn't stand a chance of having a family of my own" Ibrahim Suleiman writes as he shows off his son - Linda Ikeji

5 Years Ago, I Wasnt Sure Of Having A Family of My Own Ibrahim Suleiman Shows Off Son - Gistlover

59 Suspected Robbers, Thugs And Drug Dealers Arrested In Kano - Tori

Abia court to hear Nnamdi Kanus N5bn suit against FG on November 2 - Linda Ikeji

Actor Ibrahim Suleiman Celebrates Son With Touching Note (Photos) - Tori

Click to view all Entertainment headlines today

Sports Headlines Today
[Thu-28-Oct-2021]

"UBISOFT" Reveals plans for "RIDERS REPUBLIC" year1 content - Goal

1 Player Every Team Should Re-Sign in 2021-22 MLB Free Agency - Bleacher Report

100 days to the Winter Olympics: Lindsey Vonn on mental health, retirement and fashion - CNN

12 Questions for Ja Morant After Explosive First Week of Season - Bleacher Report

2021 MTN8 Final: Mamelodi Sundowns' Shalulile insists Cup ambitions 'not about me - Goal

2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup: India drawn in Group A - Goal

2022 World Cup: Accor comes on board to manage hosts Qatar's real estate portfolio - Goal

5 NHL Prospects on the Rise at the Start of the 2021-22 NHL Season - Bleacher Report

5-Star CBB Recruit Mikey Williams, Puma Agree to Multiyear Endorsement Contract - Bleacher Report

Click to view all Sports headlines today

News Archive
Nigerian Dailies: Punch  |  Vanguard   |  The Nation  |  Thisday  |  Daily Sun  |  Guardian  |  The Authority  |  Daily Times  |  Daily Trust  |  Daily Independent  |   The Herald  |  Tribune  |  Leadership  |  National Mirror  |  BusinessDay  |  New Telegraph  |  Peoples Daily  |  Blueprint  |  Nigerian Pilot  |  Sahara Reporters  |  Premium Times  |  The Cable  |  Osun Defender  |  PM News  |  APO Africa Newsroom

Categories Today: World  |  Sports  |  Technology  |  Entertainment  |  Business  |  Politics  |  Columns  |  All Headlines Today

Entertainment (Local): Linda Ikeji  |  Bella Naija  |  Tori  |  Pulse  |  The NET  |  DailyPost  |  Information Nigeria  |  Gistlover  |  Lailas Blog  |  Miss Petite  |  Olufamous  |  Stella Dimoko Korkus Blog  |  Ynaija  |  All Entertainment News Today

Entertainment (World): TMZ  |  Daily Mail  |  Huffington Post

Sports: Goal  |  African Football  |  Bleacher Report  |  FTBpro  |  Kickoff  |  All Sports Headlines Today

Business & Finance: Nairametrics  |  Nigerian Tenders  |  Business Insider  |  Forbes  |  Entrepreneur  |  The Economist  |  BusinessTech  |  Financial Watch  |  BusinessDay  |  All Business News Headlines Today

Technology (Local): Techpoint  |  TechMoran  |  TechCity  |  Innovation Village  |  IT News Africa  |  Technology Times  |  Technext  |  Techcabal  |  All Technology News Headlines Today

Technology (World): Techcrunch  |  Techmeme  |  Slashdot  |  Wired  |  Hackers News  |  Engadget  |  Pocket Lint  |  The Verge

International Networks:   |  CNN  |  BBC  |  Al Jazeera  |  Associated Press  |  Yahoo

Forum:   |  Nairaland  |  Naij



Other Links: Home   |  Nigerian Jobs   |  Desktop Version

External Links