This mega-telescope's ultimate mission: to capture the first image ever of a black hole.
When it comes to spotting a black hole, the distance is really what is holding humanity back.
Black Hole Hunters premieres April 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.
The report suggests that the world is about to finally see the first ever photo of a black hole's event horizon.
Press conferences around the globe are being organised, seemingly to announce a photograph that could break new ground in our understanding in space.
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Next week, the European Southern Observatory is going to make a big announcement, and no one is sure exactly what it's going to be. The specific black hole astronomers wanted to photograph, Sagittarius A*, lies at the center of our galaxy 25,000 light-years away. The announcement has many in the scientific community anticipating the release of an image or images of a black hole's event horizon: the only part - if you want to think of it that way - of a black hole that may be theoretically detectable. The goal is to generate enough magnifying power to image the area around a black hole, especially its event horizon - the point beyond which nothing, not even light, can escape.
Science News said that the black hole research was done using the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of eight radio observatories around the world. While we can understand them because of the way they affect the space that surrounds them, they cannot actually be directly seen.
Press briefings will be held simultaneously in the US, Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.
Black Hole Hunters will provide audiences with exclusive access into the laboratories to meet those behind computer screens and beside the telescopes of "what may prove to be one of the great astrophysical achievements in the history of mankind". Key funding for the Event Horizon Telescope was provided by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), EU's European Research Council (ERC) and funding agencies in East Asia.