What does a black hole look like? No one knows for sure. Artists make their images based on what physicists think they look like.

SeekerPublished: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018
Published: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018

We've known about black holes since the early days of Einstein's theories, but until we actually see one, there's a part of us that doesn't want to believe that they're real.

This actually all started with that famous equation: E = mc2. But math can only get us so far...I mean, we knew Pluto was out there since 19XX, and our best guesses told us it was a boring icy ball [pause] Until we flew by in 2016, and really saw it. Imagine how we'll feel when we see a black hole with our little jelly-filled light buckets. And this is what scientists are going to use to snap a photo of a black hole.

The event horizon telescope. It's not just one telescope, it's a network of many all over the planet. This effectively creates a single telescope as big as Earth.  The bigger the telescope, the more detail they can see, and the further away. Which we definitely need to take the image of a something like this black hole...Meet Sagittarius-A Star

 

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