What Will First Photos of Black Holes Look Like?

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PostThu Jan 24, 2013 9:21 pm » by -Marduk-

What Will First Photos of Black Holes Look Like?

A giant black hole is thought to lurk at the center of the Milky Way, but it has never been directly seen. Now astronomers have predicted what the first pictures of this black hole will look like when taken with technology soon to be available.


In particular, researchers have found that pictures of a black hole ― or, more precisely, the boundaries around them ― will take a crescent form, rather than the blobby shape that is often predicted. By modeling what these pictures will look like, scientists say they are preparing to interpret the photos that will become available from telescopes currently under construction. "No one has been able to image a black hole," said University of California, Berkeley student Ayman Bin Kamruddin, who presented a poster on the research last week in Long Beach, Calif., at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society. "So far it's been impossible because they're too small in the sky. Right now we're just getting some details about the structure, but we don't have an image yet." Black holes themselves are invisible, of course, as not even light can escape their gravitational clutches. However, the boundary of a black hole — the point of no return called the event horizon — should be visible from the radiation emitted by matter falling into the black hole.

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"A black hole's immediate surroundings have a lot of really interesting physics going on, and they emit light," Kamruddin said. "Technically speaking, we aren't exactly seeing the black hole, but we are effectively resolving the event horizon."

A new project called the Event Horizon Telescope combines the resolving power of numerous antennas from a worldwide network of radio telescopes to sight objects that otherwise would be too tiny to make out. "The Event Horizon Telescope is the first to resolve spatial scales comparable to the size of the event horizon of a black hole," said Kamruddin's collaborator, University of California, Berkeley astronomer Jason Dexter. "I don't think it's crazy to think we might get an image in the next five years." The Event Horizon Telescope already has been gathering some preliminary measurements of the object called Sagittarius A* (pronounced "Sagittarius A-star") at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Kamruddin and Dexter have matched this data to various physical models and found that they best fit images that are crescent-shaped, rather than the blob shapes called "asymmetric Gaussians" that had been previously used in models.

The crescent shape emerges from the flat doughnut, called an accretion disk, formed by matter orbiting a black hole on its way to falling in. As gas spins around the black hole, one side of the disk comes toward view on Earth, and its light becomes brighter because of a process called Doppler beaming. The other side, representing receding gas, gets dimmer because of this effect.

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PostThu Jan 24, 2013 9:29 pm » by ZetaRediculous

As a black holes gravity is soooo strong it even affects photons, thus rendering it invisible to visible light, I'll take a stab that it will look like this

With an optical camera :alien51:

Very interesting post Thanks Mar... er... Galvatron :flop:
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PostThu Jan 24, 2013 9:31 pm » by Troll2rocks

Great post.

Black holes are the universes data hubs. Servers soaking up the information.

Nothing that goes in is ever lost, all information going in is both stamped upon the surface and also falls into oblivion, both at the same time.

They are basically data collectors. If the universe were a program, they would be the boundaries at which the software meets the hardware.

Facinating stuff.

The more that science looks into the quantum/vastness of reality and matter, the more the boundaries of our perception of reality are stripped away to reveal illusion. :cheers:
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