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The Black Hole photo is epic and kind of Orange (with some Dutchies involved in the making)

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04.16.2019

For the first time ever, we now have a photo of a black hole and its shadow. Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a network of 8 radio telescopes, was used to take this picture. The astronomers involved in this project come from Radbound University, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, NOVA-technical submm-group of the University of Groningen and JIVE. 


This black hole is 55 million light-years away from Earth and 6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun. They are cosmic objects with a lot of mass, but are small in size, where they have a massive gravitational effect on its environment.


Did the Netherlands have a part to play?
Amongst them was a team of 10 researchers and students from Radboud University. They were on this project for the last two years so that we can have this image. They were present when different observations were made with the different telescopes, contributed to data analysis and development of theoretical models.


University of Amsterdam also contributed in modelling and interpretation, the Allegro group of the Leiden Observatory played a part in the calibration of observation, JIVE helped with the data-analysis software, and NOVA submm group of the University of Groningen helped with specialised equipment.



Source: dutchreview.com

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