The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) astronomical project team has announced the launch of a new campaign to observe space objects. This time the network of telescopes will focus on the most exotic objects in the universe – quasars, distant galaxies, and of course, new black holes.
In 2022, astronomers aim to get the first images of Sagittarius A* , a supermassive black hole 25,000 light-years from Earth, according to Eduardo Rosa, EHT board secretary . In addition, the team plans to take new photographs of the black hole in the center of the Messier 87 galaxy – it was her “portrait” that astronomers presented to the public in 2019.
The project will involve 11 observatories located around the world – from Greenland to Antarctica and from Hawaii to France. Like last year, the EHT will rely on remote surveillance techniques. The “photo session” will last from March 15 to March 28 to minimize the impact of bad weather and other adverse factors on the quality of shooting. Previously, the launch of the company was postponed twice – for operational reasons and due to the COVID-19 pandemic.