The natural next step involves launching radio telescopes into space to enlarge the separation between them and telescopes on the ground, making the detection of finer details in objects possible: this was first done in 1997 by Japan with the HALCA satellite and in 2011 by Russian Federation with the Spektr-R satellite.
On 10 April, the world saw the first ever clear and direct image of the Black Hole. "However, no one has seen what it actually looks like", said professor Nirupam Roy of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, terming it as a major breakthrough, which will be the beginning of a better understanding of the universe.
As stunning and ground-breaking as it is, the EHT project is not just about taking on a challenge.
Black holes, phenomenally dense and coming in various sizes, are extraordinarily hard to observe by their very nature.
To cut a long story short: Einstein was right. Against the black backdrop of the inky beyond, capturing one is a near impossible task. But thanks to Stephen Hawking's groundbreaking work, we know that the colossal masses are not just black abysses.
"If immersed in a bright region, like a disc of glowing gas, we expect a black hole to create a dark region similar to a shadow - something predicted by Einstein's general relativity that we've never seen before", said Heino Falcke of Radboud University in the Netherlands, the chairman of the Event Horizon Telescope Science Council. "They have exotic properties and are mysterious to us". The closer the matter, the greater the friction. That boundary in space is what you're actually seeing, silhouetted by superheated material spinning around the event horizon at almost the speed of light.
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The image - unveiled at 9:07pm - showed a black center surrounded by a crescent of light, and the audience in Taipei expressed their amazement with a big round of applause.
The black hole that scientists took a picture of is in the center of a galaxy called M87 and it is far bigger than anything in the Milky Way.
Perhaps most notably, the Interstellar black hole has a thin streak of matter around its centre, which M87's black hole seems to lack. As noted by the EHT team, it is like being in NY and trying to count the dimples on a golf ball in Los Angeles, or imaging an orange on the moon.
Koay is still a fellow at ASIAA and at present, is actively involved in the observation at a newly constructed Greenland telescope in theArctic, which is part of the EHT assembly of land telescopes spread across the world and synchronised with atomic clocks. Primarily it used radio telescopes, though at the same time observations were recorded in the X-ray and gamma-ray bands.
General relativity lets us "see" both the front half and the back half of the event horizon simultaneously, producing a "shadow" of a black hole that is 2.6 times the radius of the black hole itself.