Behind the Black-Hole Image: One Giant Leap for Teamwork – The Wall Street Journal


In the mid-1990s, Sheperd Doeleman, a doctoral student in astrophysics at MIT, became fixated on a radical idea. He thought it might be possible to take a picture of a black hole.

In a literal sense, the answer was no, it’s not—don’t be ridiculous. Black holes are fields of intense gravity from which no matter, or light, escapes. You can’t snap a Polaroid of nothing. Besides, the only conventional way to see an object across 55 million light years of space is to build a telescope dish the size of Earth. (Good luck writing…

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