Research report 2019 - Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
The first image of the shadow of a black hole
Zensus, J. Anton; Kramer, Michael; Menten, Karl M.; Britzen, Silke
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn
SummaryOn April 10, 2019, the first image of a black hole was published by a team of 347 international scientists from 59 institutes in 18 countries. Theoretical work and indirect evidence for the existence of black holes has been around for a long time. Only now did the observations provide the necessary resolution for an image made possible by a combination of seven radio telescopes scattered across the Earth, observing the centre of the galaxy M87. More than 30 scientists and engineers of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn are involved in this success.