Astronomers About to Make a Groundbreaking Black Hole Announcement

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF ‘SCIENCE ALERT’)

 

Astronomers Worldwide Are About to Make a Groundbreaking Black Hole Announcement

MICHELLE STARR
1 APR 2019

The European Southern Observatory has just revealed there will be a huge announcement next week. Yes, we know how that sounds – but as far as we can tell, it appears the world is about to finally see the first ever photo of a black hole‘s event horizon.

Of course, we won’t know for sure until the press event itself, which we will cover live on our site. But here’s a massive clue: according to the advance statement, the researchers will be discussing the “first result from the Event Horizon Telescope.”

For years, the Event Horizon Telescope has been staring into the heart of the Milky Way, trying to obtain a photo of the location of Sagittarius A*, our galaxy’s central supermassive black hole.

It’s no mean feat: black holes themselves are, literally, invisible – they absorb all electromagnetic radiation, which means none of our telescopes – radio, X-ray, optical, gamma-ray – can detect them.

That’s why we’ve never actually seen one.

But seeing the event horizon – the point outside a black hole at which light can no longer achieve escape velocity – is theoretically possible, although not easy. Spacetime around a black hole is weird; in addition, Sgr A* is shrouded in a thick cloud of dust and gas.

Don’t let that stop dedicated scientists, though. Telescopes around the world turned their combined might to the task, generating so much data that the only way to transport it all was on hard disks sent on planes. And then researchers had to sort through and analyse those data.

Now something is finally ready. On 10 April 2019, at 15:00 CEST (13:00 UTC, 9:00 EST) the European Commission, European Research Council, and the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project will present results they are describing as “groundbreaking”.

As they note, “due to the importance of this result, we encourage satellite events in the different ESO Member States and beyond.”

AAAAAH. WE CAN HARDLY WAIT.

The event is going to be streamed on YouTube, and there’s a link here. Pop it in your bookmarks. We’re also going to be live-blogging, so tune in on the day if you want to share our excitement.

This is going to be historical.

(Spiritual Poem) Kodak Moment Of The Soul

KODAK MOMENT OF THE SOUL

 

Snap shot of our Souls taken this moment in our time

Picture taken, was it by the Angel of Death, or of life

People scan our chips so they say that they know us

Smiling eyes hiding in the shadows blade firmly in hand

Having a phony acidic smile pasted on their soulless grin

 

 

We have all chosen to be breathing in this time and space

Our future is now, last breath taken is now historically placed

Tomorrow is grace filled if inside ourselves we choose it to be

Take your mirror, look close, it shows our Souls hiding place

 

 

Ever been ashamed to your bones for things you’ve done

This point in time, this is the only guarantee that we have

Tomorrow, will we have respect or shame for our today

Will this snap shot of today define or end our tomorrows

X-ray of our Soul, will it be posted with a Halo of a Flame