Entries by Ciriaco Goddi

Astronomers discovered a “ultramassive” black hole that is 10,000 times more massive than the black hole at the center of our galaxy

In 2009, a team of astronomers used the Swift Spacecraft to measure the luminosity output of a distant Quasar, named S5 0014+81, and  measure the mass of the central black hole. To their surprise, they found out that this black hole contains actually 40 billion solar masses, that is 10,000 times more massive than the […]

Astronomers May Finally Have the First Picture of a Black Hole

Using a massive telescope network, scientists have data in hand that could open new frontiers in our understanding of gravity. National Geographic – April 11, 2017 By Ron Cowen Westford, Massachusetts For the monster at the Milky Way’s heart, it’s a wrap. After completing five nights of observations, today astronomers may finally have captured the […]

Attempting the Impossible: Taking the First Picture of a Black Hole

ALMA joins the Global Millimeter VLBI Array (GMVA) and the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) joins for the first time the Global mm-VLBI Array (GMVA) and the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), Earth-sized virtual observatories, which are made possible by an international collaboration of radio telescopes. One of the main drivers […]

Mission impossible per l’Event Horizon Telescope

È tutto pronto per scattare la foto del secolo. Un insieme di otto osservatori simulerà un radiotelescopio delle dimensioni della Terra allo scopo di intravedere il moto del gas incandescente che circonda il buco nero supermassiccio della Via Lattea. Quali le sfide e le attese? Ne parliamo con Heino Falcke, presidente del consiglio scientifico dell’EHT, […]