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Supermassive black holes weighing millions to ten billion times the Sun may lurk at the centers of galaxies, including the Milky Way. However, despite decades of research definitive proof of their existence has eluded astronomers…until now.
The feature that sets black holes apart from other forms of matter is the event horizon: the boundary in space and time where the gravity of a black hole becomes so intense that nothing, not even light, can escape.
A new facility known as the Event Horizon Telescope has provided the first glimpses of the event horizon enshrouding the monster black hole lying at the center of the Milky Way.
Dr. Sheperd Doeleman, a Principal Research Scientist at MIT, Assistant Director of MIT’s Haystack Observatory and Principal Investigator of the Event Horizon Telescope, will present their initial results and discuss the technological challenges facing his team’s attempts to image black holes and the warped space–time surrounding them.
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