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Students on the Hunt for Black Holes

22 Aug 2017, 14:00 UTC
Students on the Hunt for Black Holes
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This is a guest post from astrobitos by Ana Torres Campos.
Inside the Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano (LMT), at an altitude of 4500 meters above sea level, Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” can be heard in the background while a group of people cheer and shake hands after successfully concluding an observation run for one of the most important astronomical projects in the last years: The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). This project aims to obtain, for the first time ever, the image of the projected shadow of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, as well as the one in M87.
In this post I share my personal experience as a guest of the team responsible for the observations of the EHT that were taken with the LMT in April of this year.
Figure 1 The LMT control room onApril 11th, 2017 at the end of the EHT 2017 observing run. Left to right: Antonio Hernández, Sergio Dzib, Emir Moreno, Edgar Castillo, Gopal Narayanan, Katie Bouman and Sandra Bustamante. Credit: Ana Torres Campos.
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