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Event Horizon Telescope

(growing VLBI network)

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is an initiative to use radio telescopes around the world to study the supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A* at the galactic center of the Milky Way, using Earth-sized VLBI, with the goal of resolving the black hole's event horizon. A second black hole, M87* (at the center of galaxy M87) is also a target. Images are collected once a year when the geometry is right to view the targets. The goal is baselines in multiple directions on the order of 12000 km, as large as can be done from the ground, and appropriate telescopes are recruited toward reaching this goal. The first image was taken in 2006 and the first image succeeding in detecting one of the black hole shadows (of M87*) was taken in 2018 and announced in 2019 after analysis of the image revealed the shadow.

Further reading:
666μm450GHz1.9meVbeginEvent Horizon Telescope
1.4mm230GHz951μeVendEvent Horizon Telescope

Referenced by pages:
angular resolution
BlackHoleCam (BHC)
Earth rotation synthesis
f(R) gravity
Greenland Telescope (GLT)
high-resolution imaging
Centaurus A
Sag A*
supermassive black hole (SMBH)
3C 279
very-long-baseline interferometry (VLBI)