Astronomers discover first-ever intermediate-mass black hole lurking in 47 Tucanae

While the entire concept of the black hole is yet poorly understood by scientists, how can it be possible to capture the occurrence of black holes in camera? As scientists have no idea on the timeline of black holes, capturing them in camera has yet not been feasible. However, as a team of international scientists, by pointing an array of global telescopes at the centre of our galaxy has made this fantasy achievable.

Led by Radboud University astronomers from the Netherlands, the mission is aimed at clicking the first-ever picture of Black holes, by employing a number of the high-end telescopes, pointed towards the core of Milky Way – the galaxy of Earth. For the experiment, researchers, instead of any giant telescope, used eight observatories for monitoring and capture the views of the black hole. The network of global telescopes, including a range of hardware from the US, Mexico, Spain, the South Pole and Chile, researchers use a ‘Very Long Baseline Interferometry’ to an emphasis on the powerful radio waves on a colossal black hole, in this case, the frontier of Sagittarius A.

After preparing a global network of telescopes, stretching from Hawaii to Antarctica to Spain at the core of Milky Way for long five nights, astronomers from Steward Observatory has declared on Wednesday that they may have clicked the first-ever image of a black hole. However, now it will take several months to develop the picture and to release it for public access, said astronomer Dan Marrone of Steward Observatory. If scientists are successful in improving the image of the black hole, then the results will pave new paths for peeling back the enigmas about black hole – out of which universe is believed to be made of. The image will also help scientists to decode the age-old mystery – how black hole came into being and what role it is playing in accelerating the universe.

Michael Bremer, an astronomer at the International Research Institute for Radio Astronomy (IRAM) and a project manager for the Event Horizon Telescope, while commenting on this remarkable breakthrough said, “Rather than building a supermassive telescope that will probably be collapsed under its own heavy weight, we choose to combine eight observatories in the form of the pieces of a massive mirror for clicking the views of black hole, and we succeeded too.”


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