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"What Have They Found?" ESO to Reveal Epic Black-Hole Discovery

Another oddity about black holes is that space-time around them is "weird" as one scientist describes.

Taking a photo of a black hole is not an easy task.

Press conferences around the globe are being organised, seemingly to announce a photograph that could break new ground in our understanding in space. It is believed that black holes have a mass of an estimated 4 million suns and can bend the fabric of space time.

Now, researchers using a novel planet-wide imaging technique designed specifically to spot closer black holes are planning to make a major announcement and there's really only one thing it could be. The European Commission, European Research Council, and the worldwide team behind the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project are gearing up for this "groundbreaking" announcement on April 10 at 15:00 CEST (13:00 UTC, 9:00 EST). Next Wednesday, a press conference is set to be held, and at the conference, scientists will unveil the first ever photograph of a black hole.

Black holes have fascinated humanity since they were first proposed more than 200 years ago.

Since it has been launched, the Event Horizon Telescope has been struggling to pinpoint Sagittarius A which is the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

This has proved incredibly testing for scientists, due to dust and disruption surrounding black holes. To be clear, the image here isn't the image that we will see next week.

Now astronomers are teasing the "groundbreaking" and incredibly important new breakthrough in that project, suggesting the project might finally be complete.

"Belgium (Brussels, English), Chile (Santiago, Spanish), Shanghai (Mandarin), Japan (Tokyo, Japanese), Taipei (Mandarin), and USA (Washington, D.C., English)", the official announcement reads.

The news conference and presentation is a group effort of the European Commission, European Research Council and the Event Horizon Telescope.

The European Southern Observatory said that, "due to the importance of this result", it was encouraging satellite events around the world where people can get together to watch along.

They are events planned in the capitals of Spain, Italy, Sweden and South Africa.



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