The 347 scientists who collaborated and worked for almost 10 years to produce the world’s first image of a black hole were honored with the ‘Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics’, also known as the “Oscars of science.”
We’re pleased to announce that the @ehtelescope collaboration has won the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Congratulations to the entire team, across 60 institutions and 20 countries. https://t.co/LzL5M8SmEp https://t.co/k2Am4snPnN
— Breakthrough (@brkthroughprize) September 5, 2019
The team won a prize of $3 million for their work. The award was funded by the giants of Silicon Valley like Yuri Milner and Mark Zuckerberg, his wife Priscilla Chan, and Google founder Sergey Brin.
Team of scientists at the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) releases the first pic of Black Hole, located at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy, which is 55 million light-years away from Earth. The team, led by Shep Doeleman at Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, worked around 10 years to get the first image of the black hole.
Supermassive black holes, millions or even billions of times the mass of the sun, anchor the centers of nearly all galaxies, though nobody yet knows how they formed or got so heavy. They are “unseeable” to the naked eye.