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
A book about the EHT | Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope | Submillimeter Array (SMA) | Greenland Telescope | Thule Air Base | National Science Foundation | Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX)
I really enjoy these detailed podcasts.
A minor comment: In the introduction on the Event Horizon telescope, at 00 minutes 50-55 seconds, M87 is described as a star. It is actually a galaxy.