With hopes that there’s a supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way (that is supposedly four million times more massive than our sun), The European Research Council has today announced that they will be giving 14 million euros to the creators of BlackHoleCam, which is a project that will attempt to take the first ever picture of a black hole in order to prove its existence.
The project won’t actually capture an image of the black hole however, instead it will be used the event horizon (the boundary of spacetime beyond) in order to confirm the black hole’s existence, which according to Space.com will be betrayed by casting “a dark shadow” over bright radio wave emissions given off as gas is pulled into the black hole.
Which the project will aim to capture using an approach called Very Long Baseline Interferometry,which is where a group of multiple observatories will focus onto one object, feeding pulled data into a supercomputer.
“Einstein’s theory of general relativity is the best theory of gravity we know, but it is not the only one. We will use these observations to find out if black holes, one of the most cherished astrophysical objects, exist or not,” Luciano Rezzolla of Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, explained in his statement.
“Finally, we have the opportunity to test gravity in a regime that until recently belonged to the realm of science fiction; it will be a turning point in modern science.”
Via: The Verge
Image Via: NASA