The first image of a black hole to debut next week

ESO Planning Huge Announcement Around Event Horizon Telescope's 'Groundbreaking' Results: Black Hole Picture?

'Groundbreaking Result' Coming from Black-Hole Hunting Event Horizon Telescope Next Week

The announcement has many in the scientific community anticipating the release of an image or images of a black hole's event horizon: the only part - if you want to think of it that way - of a black hole that may be theoretically detectable.

When it comes to spotting a black hole, the distance is really what is holding humanity back. These monsters consume everything near them with gravity so intense that even light can't escape.

They've captured our imaginations for decades, but we've never actually photographed a black hole before - until now.

What is a black hole?

The Event Horizon Telescope aims to turn our planet into a radio dish - using computer power to "fill in the gaps" as huge radio dishes all over the planet "tune in" to the supermassive black hole. The specific black hole astronomers wanted to photograph, Sagittarius A*, lies at the center of our galaxy 25,000 light-years away.

The announcement relates to the Event Horizon Telescope, the European Southern Observatory announced, which is said to have found its "first result".

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Next week, scientists from the The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will unveil results - and possibly an image - from the telescope in a press conference on April 10. To be clear, the image here isn't the image that we will see next week.

With the black hole surrounded by clouds of gas and dust obscuring the view.

Now astronomers are teasing the "groundbreaking" and incredibly important new breakthrough in that project, suggesting the project might finally be complete. The ESO announced that there would be a press conference about the recent discovery that is set to take place on April 10th at 15:00 CEST.

Press briefings on the image will be held simultaneously in the US, Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tokyo.

The news conference and presentation is a group effort of the European Commission, European Research Council and the Event Horizon Telescope. It will be available on YouTube.

They are events planned in the capitals of Spain, Italy, Sweden and South Africa.

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