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First Images of a Black Hole

KMI Theory Seminar
2019-05-13 14:30
Kazunori Akiyama (MIT)

Does the black hole literally appear as a dark object in the Universe if we can photograph this extreme object predicted by Einstein’s general relativity? This intriguing question has just been observationally addressed by observing the supermassive black hole lurking at the center of the nearby galaxy M87 with an Earth-sized radio telescope named the Event Horizon Telescope. This talk will give a summary of our six Astrophysical Journal Letters reporting on the first images of a black hole with a modest focus on imaging efforts and process.

This KMI seminar will be jointly held as the Nagoya Astro Colloquium.