Scientists Plan to Get First-ever Photo of Black Hole’s Event Horizon

PHOTO: The Event Horizon Telescope project is set to capture a black holes event horizon in 2017, with 9 radio telescopes set up around the globe. (PHOTO CREDIT: Feryal Ozel/University of Arizona)
PHOTO: The Event Horizon Telescope project is set to capture a black holes event horizon in 2017, with 9 radio telescopes set up around the globe. (PHOTO CREDIT: Feryal Ozel/University of Arizona)

Perhaps one of the biggest space oddities is the mysterious point of no return inside of a black hole. Scientists now believe they’re on track to get the first-ever photo of the unexplored area — called the event horizon — by 2017.

Using a network of nine telescopes, a project called the Event Horizon Telescope is focusing on a black hole located at the center of the Milky Way called Sagittarius A*. The event horizon is the area around a black hole where gravity is so powerful, light and material cannot escape.

While black holes have been imaged before, this will be the first time an event horizon is captured on camera. Scientists have meticulously calculated the proper wavelength of light they plan to use in order to capture the photo.

“We’ve run upwards of a million simulations, for many different configurations,” Feryal Ozel, a professor at the University of Arizona, told the BBC.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Alyssa Newcomb