Global Hunt for the Black Hole of the Milky Way


27.06.2017 - 14:30 to 15:00

Frontiers of Astronomy
The Global Hunt for the Black Hole at the Centre of the Milky Way 

Astronomers want to record an image of the heart of our galaxy for the first time: a global collaboration of radio dishes is to take a detailed look at the black hole which is assumed to be located there. 

The main goal of the EU-funded BlackHoleCam project is to make the first ever image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our Galaxy. The image shall reveal the “shadow” of the event horizon. The project aims to measure and understand astrophysical black holes, and test the fundamental predictions of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. In April 2017 the observations using a global telescope network were completed and now the astronomers process the collected data.  If all goes according to the plan we may soon have the portrait of the black hole. BlackHoleCam has been supported by the European Research Council’s Synergy Grant and is active partner of the global Event Horizon Telescope Consortium.

Prof. Heino Falcke, Radboud University Nijmegen
Prof. Luciano Rezzolla, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Frankfurt, Germany
Dr Norbert Wex, Max-Planck-Institute, for Radio Astronomy, Bonn, Germany

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