Today, May 12, at 16:00 Kyiv time, astronomers will talk about the “revolutionary discovery” concerning our galaxy – the Milky Way. The news is likely to address black holes that scientists have previously studied in collaboration with the Event Horizon Telescope. 

In 2019, the Telescope team showed the first-ever photograph of a black hole shadow. The team then released an image of a supermassive black hole located in the center of the galaxy Messier 87 or M87.  

This was a huge achievement for which scientists observed a black hole during the week of April 2017 using eight radio telescopes located in Chile, Hawaii, Antarctica and elsewhere. The data were then combined using supercomputers.

It looks like the team is going to show a new image of a black hole, but this time, it will be a black hole from our galaxy. During observations in April 2017, scientists observed a supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way called Sagittarius A* or Sgr A*. Researchers then recognized that it was more difficult for them to assemble this image because of the size of the black hole and the obstacles between the Earth and the object. The team may have been able to overcome these problems in five years. 

It’s also possible that the team will tell you something completely different. Scientists have provided very little information in advance, except that it is “fundamentally new.”  

The broadcast will take place at 16:00 Kyiv time on page National Science Foundation, as well as YouTube and Facebook.