The 347 scientists who collaborated to create the world's first image of a black hole on Thursday received the breakthrough prize...

The team behind the world's first black hole image wins the Oscar for Science



The 347 scientists who collaborated to create the world's first image of a black hole on Thursday received the breakthrough prize in basic physics, earning $ 3 million for the "Oscar for Science".

Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration made the headlines in the world press on April 10 by publishing the first image of a supermassive black hole surrounded by a red-hot plasma halo.



Led by Shep Doelman at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Center, the team has spent more than a decade simulating an Earth-size telescope combining the signals received from eight radio-telescopes working in pairs around the world, the goal being to target the Messier. 87 (M87) galaxy at 55 million light-years.

Thanks to this technique, they reached an unprecedented resolution and observed the silhouette of the black hole for the first time in history, thus confirming the theoretical predictions regarding these celestial objects.

"For many years, I was telling people that we were going to create a picture of a black hole and they said," Well, we'll believe it when we see it, "Doelman told AFP during an interview. .



"But when you come with very strong evidence, when you make that kind of breakthrough, you have the satisfaction of really giving birth to a new domain."

"We are now in an era of accurate black hole images, we can approach the horizon of events and map space-time for the first time," he added.

The horizon of events of a black hole is the point where its gravitational effects are powerful and where the light can not escape its attraction.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Breakthrough Award has been created by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to recognize and reward the best scientists in the world.

The winners of the other categories, Life Sciences and Mathematics, also won $ 3 million.

They will be honored at an awards ceremony on Nov. 3 at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

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