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6 Supermassive Questions On The Eve Of The Event Horizon Telescope’s Big Announcement

9 Apr 2019, 14:01 UTC
6 Supermassive Questions On The Eve Of The Event Horizon Telescope’s Big Announcement INTERSTELLAR / R. HURT / CALTECH

In science, there’s no moment more exciting than when you get to confront a longstanding theoretical prediction with the first observational or experimental results. Earlier this decade, the Large Hadron Collider revealed the existence of the Higgs boson, the last undiscovered fundamental particle in the Standard Model. A few years ago, the LIGO collaboration directly detected gravitational waves, confirming a longstanding prediction of Einstein’s General Relativity.

And in just a few days, on April 10, 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope will make a much-anticipated announcement where they’re expected to release the first-ever image of a black hole’s event horizon. At the start of the 2010s, such an observation would have been technologically impossible. Yet not only are we about to see what a black hole actually looks like, but we’re about to test some fundamental properties of space, time, and gravity as well.

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