Team behind world’s first black hole image wins ‘Oscar of science’

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 6, 2019

France Cordova and Shepherd Doeleman look on as American computer scientist Katherine Bouman speaks on the "Event Horizon Telescope: The Black hole seen Round the World" in Washington, DC May 16, 2019.

A team of global scientists who captured the first ever photo of a black hole, have pocketed more than $4 million for their efforts.

Earlier this year, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration revealed the first photograph of a black hole, showing a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun.

The EHT involved eight radio telescopes in several locations to observe the galaxy Messier 87 and the black hole at its center.

"For many years, I would tell people that we were going to image a black hole, and they would say, 'Well, we'll believe it when we see it, ' Doeleman told AFP in an interview".

The event horizon of a black hole is the point at which its gravitational effects are strong that light can not escape its pull.

The Breakthrough Prize, now in its eighth year, has three main prizes: in Fundamental Physics, in Life Sciences and in Mathematics. Each prize victor is awarded $4.4 million, whether it's one researcher or a 347-person team, like the EHT team.

In addition to their new pocket money, the prize winners will all be honoured at a gala awards ceremony on November 3.

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