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The Event Horizon Telescope project has been working relentlessly to composite the first black hole photo the world has seen and it will change how we look at physics moving forward.

Thumbnail Credit (Background Image): Hotaka Shiokawa / EHT

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“Theorists can calculate properties of black holes based on their understanding of the universe, and such discoveries have come from a range of great thinkers, from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking to Kip Thorne. However, despite being so powerful, it's hard to see something that does not emit photons, let alone traps any light that passes by.”

Science Behind Event Horizon Telescope
"Since there is a lot of missing data, you may ask how making a picture is even possible. To give you an idea of how this works, you can think about the measurements we make from telescopes in the EHT as a bit like notes in a song. Each pair of telescopes produces a measurement that corresponds to the tone of a just a single note. The tone that is heard is related to the projected distance between the telescopes, as seen from the direction of the black hole; the farther apart the telescopes, the higher the pitch of the note."

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