320 – The Event Horizon Telescope
Guest: Heino Falcke Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Kolja Dummann
A few months ago, a collaboration called the Event Horizon Telescope presented the first direct image of a black hole; or more specifically, of the radiation created by accelerated particles at its event horizon. The EHT is a Very Large Baseline Interferometer, in which radio telescopes all over the world are computationally connected to obtain resolutions that are not possible with one telescope. In the episode I chat with Heino Falcke, the chair of the EHT science committee, about the science, the telescope, what it took to get it going, and image reconstruction.
Heino Falcke | Very Long Baseline Interferometry | Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) | Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) | Very Large Array (VLA) | Paranal Observatory | BlackHoleCam