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Unmanned Spaceflight.com _ Telescopic Observations _ Event Horizon Telescope

Posted by: alan Apr 5 2019, 06:22 PM

On April 10th 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration will present its first results in six simultaneous press conferences around the world, and many satellite events organized by its stakeholder and affiliated institutions. Press conferences will be held simultaneously in Brussels (in English), Santiago (in Spanish), Shanghai (in Mandarin), Tokyo (in Japanese), Taipei (in Mandarin), and Washington D.C. (in English), starting at 13:00 Universal Time.

https://eventhorizontelescope.org/blog/media-advisory-first-results-event-horizon-telescope-be-presented-april-10th

Posted by: dtolman Apr 5 2019, 07:59 PM

Just to be clear as to expected results - this is a large (Earth sized!) radio interferometery array, so what we'll get is a false color image visualizing the data. There is a simulated image in https://www.eso.org/public/usa/outreach/first-picture-of-a-black-hole/blog/ from a few years ago, if we want to compare expectations to (next weeks) reality:


Posted by: fredk Apr 5 2019, 08:36 PM

Just to be absolutely clear, since the caption for that image doesn't say: the left image looks like the original full-resolution model, and the right image seems to be the simulated recovered image. At least the right image looks comparable to other simulations I've seen. So expect something like the right image, if everything works as well as hoped.

Posted by: dtolman Apr 10 2019, 01:20 PM

The image has been released!


Its remarkably like the artists rendering, especially if you flip it upside down.

EDIT:
Paper has been released https://iopscience.iop.org/journal/2041-8205/page/Focus_on_EHT.
It has more data than the simple press release - such as multiple images taken over the course of a week by the EHT. To my eye it seems that the bright feature may be slowly rotating counter-clockwise - hopefully new observation campaigns unveil the dynamics of the black hole!




Posted by: ngunn Apr 11 2019, 11:19 AM

I wanted to understand at a basic level what we are seeing here, especially the difference between the event horizon itself and the black hole shadow. I found this article useful, especially the abstract and some of the diagrams:
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1804.08030.pdf

Posted by: dtolman Apr 11 2019, 06:23 PM

This video has a nice explanation (and some great visualizations of how light is trapped, creating the shadow) - at about the level of a Scientific American article - if you want something between a physics paper and a tabloid smile.gif
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUyH3XhpLTo

Posted by: ngunn Apr 11 2019, 06:52 PM

QUOTE (dtolman @ Apr 11 2019, 07:23 PM) *
between a physics paper and a tabloid


That's exactly where I float so the video is perfect for me. smile.gif Thanks for posting it.

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