New Scientist No. 3226 (20.04.2019): The Black Hole Wow Factor

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New Scientist No. 3226 (20.04.2019): The Black Hole Wow Factor

WOW. That was what Katie Bouman’s face said, in an image widely shared on social media, as she saw what she and her colleagues had made: the first picture of a black hole (see page 6). If anyone wonders if science has anything to offer, or is for them, take a look at the joy, disbelief and pride shown by the diverse, global team of scientists who made it happen. Yes, it does, and yes, it is.

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Sometimes on an untrodden path, you need time to find the way. New Scientist reported on the first attempts to snap a black hole almost exactly 10 years ago, and we have checked in regularly since. In our special issue of 10 October 2015 celebrating 100 years of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, Heino Falcke, one of the Event Horizon Telescope’s prime movers, said he hoped the breakthrough would come within a decade.

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