Astronomers Capture First Image of a Black Hole

Japanese researchers contribute to paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of distant galaxy Messier 87

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) --a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration -- was designed to capture images of a black hole. 10 April 2019, in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that they have succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow.

The following faculty members and students from SOKENDAI participated in this project;

Faculty Members:
Mareki Honma   
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) Mizusawa VLBI Observatory, Director and SOKENDAI, Professor

Kazuhiro Hada   
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) Mizusawa VLBI Observatory, Director and SOKENDAI, Assistant Professor

Shiro Ikeda  
The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, SOKENDAI, Kavli IPMU, Professor

Hiroshi Nagai   
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan ALMA, SOKENDAI, Specially Appointed Associate Professor

   

Students:
Yuzu Tsuei   
SOKENDAI, The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) Mizusawa VLBI Observatory, Student

Shuichiro Tsuda
SOKENDAI, Student

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