May 16, 2021

Eight Spaniards participate in the first photo of a black hole

Eight Spaniards participate in the first photo of a black hole

Eight Spanish scientists have been part of the international project that unveiled on Wednesday first real image of a black hole.

This is José Luis Gómez, researcher at the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC); Antxon Alberdi, director of the IAA-CSIC; Iván Martí-Vidal, from the National Geographic Institute (IGN); Miguel Sánchez-Portal, director of the Millimeter Radioastronomy Institute (IRAM); and the engineers Salvador Sánchez and Ignacio Ruiz, and the researchers from the University of Valencia, Pablo Torné and Rebecca Azulay.

The Spanish contribution has been based on the design of several algorithms, on the organization and configuration of the technical equipment, as well as on the realization of the observations from the Spanish radio telescope IRAM of 30 meters, located in Sierra Nevada, Granada.

Some of the Spanish scientists who have participated in this discovery have presented their contribution in a press conference held at the CSIC, in Madrid, where the president of the scientific institution, Rosa Menéndez, has also been; and the general secretary of Coordination of Scientific Policy of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Rafael Rodrigo.

According to Antxon Alberdi, from the point of view of scientific knowledge This event is "wonderful". "It will be in textbooks and encyclopedias", assured the director of the IAA-CSIC.

"The image is the first frame of a great movie that is about to be shot", Martí-Vidal has said, given that the EHT will continue to observe this and other black holes in the future.


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