ERC Synergy Grant to image event horizon of black hole

The project seeks to measure the shadow cast by the event horizon of the black hole in the centre of the Milky Way, find new radio pulsars near this black hole, and combine these measurements with advanced computer simulations of the behaviour of light and matter around black holes as predicted by theories of gravity. To do so, the team led by three principal investigators (Heino Falcke, Radboud University Nijmegen and ASTRON, Michael Kramer, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, and Luciano Rezzolla, Goethe University in Frankfurt and Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik) will combine several telescopes around the globe to peer into the heart of our own Galaxy, which hosts a mysterious radio source, called Sagittarius A*. It is considered to be the central super massive black hole.

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