From PI: “10 Fascinating Facts About the World’s Most Powerful Telescope”

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October 12, 2016

It’s a telescope essentially as large as the Earth, and it is shedding light on some of the most mysterious phenomena in the universe.

A supermassive black hole churns at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. To see it clearly, we need a telescope the size of the Earth. But building that is impossible.

So scientists have flipped the problem, and turned the Earth into a telescope.

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is a global array of interconnected radio telescopes that is expected to soon provide humanity’s first glimpse of a black hole. And that’s just one of the many amazing things about it.

Here are some fascinating facts about the world’s most remarkable telescope.

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Further Exploration:

The Event Horizon Telescope Initiative at Perimeter Institute
Testing General Relativity with Black Holes (story and video)

Event Horizon Telescope Array

Event Horizon Telescope map

The locations of the radio dishes that will be part of the Event Horizon Telescope array. Image credit: Event Horizon Telescope sites, via University of Arizona at https://www.as.arizona.edu/event-horizon-telescope.

Arizona Radio Observatory
Arizona Radio Observatory/Submillimeter-wave Astronomy (ARO/SMT)

ESO/APEX
Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment (APEX)

CARMA Array no longer in service
Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA)

Atacama Submillimeter Telescope Experiment (ASTE)
Atacama Submillimeter Telescope Experiment (ASTE)

Caltech Submillimeter Observatory
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO)

IRAM NOEMA interferometer
Institut de Radioastronomie Millimetrique (IRAM) 30m

James Clerk Maxwell Telescope interior, Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope interior, Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA

Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano
Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano

CfA Submillimeter Array Hawaii SAO
Submillimeter Array Hawaii SAO

Future Array/Telescopes

ESO/NRAO/NAOJ ALMA Array
ESO/NRAO/NAOJ ALMA Array, Chile

Plateau de Bure interferometer
Plateau de Bure interferometer

South Pole Telescope SPTPOL
South Pole Telescope SPTPOL

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