$19 million might produce the first ever image of a black hole

Astrophysicists think there’s a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It’s supposed to be four million times more massive than our Sun, but despite its stupendous size, we’ve never been able to see it. That might soon change. The European Research Council has given 14 million euros ($ 19.3 million) to the creators of BlackHoleCam, a project that will use radio telescopes and supercomputers to try to prove the existence of what Luciano Rezzolla, a principal investigator for BlackHoleCam, calls “one of the most cherished astrophysical objects.”

BlackHoleCam’s name is slightly misleading. It won’t be able to image the black hole itself, instead using the event horizon that it expects to see to confirm the hole’s…

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