Described as the "gates of hell and the end of space time" – an international group of Event Horizon telescopes (EHT) that engages the world with the first image of a Gargantuan black hole in the M87 galaxy and just won $ 3 million for the Academy Award, are planning a sequel.
The sequel will be a movie showing how massive gas clouds are forever sucking in the void. EHT Collaboration is processing mountains of data to create the first video in 2020.
"EHT is delivering more value than any other science project, which I think of in history, "Shep Doelman, said the project director. "We see ourselves as researchers, we have taken a journey in our minds. And we are tools at the end of a black hole. And now we're back to report what we found. "
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"What I predict is that by the end of the next decade we will be making high-quality, black-hole real-time movies that reveal not only how they look, but also how they act in space. scene, "Dowlman says in an interview with AFP.
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The entire team of 347 scientists from across the globe was honored on Thursday with a prize for a breakthrough in fundamental physics, winning $ 3 million for the image released on April 10 .
"I've been working on this for 20 years. So my wife was finally convinced that what I was doing was worth a little, ”jokes the 52-year-old father-of-two, who is an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
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Astronomers may have previously detected light absorbed by black holes, but "we just didn't have the sharpness in our images to see what shape the light had." 
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This obstacle is eventually overcome when the team binds multiple radio telescopes together, thus simulating a giant Earth-sized telescope capable of observing objects at unprecedented resolution. appear microscopically in the night sky.
Towards the end of the 2000s, hard work began to pay off. The team was approved to use three telescopes to establish proof of concept and published the first black hole measurements in 2008. By April 2017, they had assembled eight radio telescopes in Chile, Spain, Mexico, the United States and the South Pole. Giant instruments observe high-frequency radio waves, allowing astronomers to see through the gas and dust of the galaxy as far as the black holes.
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In addition to observing the black hole in Messier 87 (M87), the team also looked at the one at the center of our own Milky Way: Sagittarius-A *, they took a reading in 2018. and plan to repeat them next year.
Our own black hole is much more stormy and therefore difficult to monitor. "The orbits of matter around the M87 take about a month to circulate. While the orbits of Sagittarius-A * may take only half an hour, one night's observation of Sagittarius-A * may change before your eyes, "explained Doeman.
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"It's possible to make the first raw film by 2020," he added. Ideally, scientists will need more telescopes, both on Earth and in orbit, to further improve resolution.
But the way the first image of the M87 captured people's imagination left Doelman optimistic about the prospect of future funding, both from governments and from private donors.
Daily galaxy via AFP and event horizon telescope