A spectacular image of a black hole jet in Centaurus A was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT).
The massive virtual telescope effectively focuses a large number of dishes towards a celestial object at the same time, and an atomic clock precisely time stamps the data from each one. Eventually, these are reassembled using massive computing clusters.
Astronomers have studied Centaurus A extensively across the electromagnetic spectrum. Radio, infrared, optical, X-ray, and gamma-ray observatories were employed to conduct the research.
The jet from the black hole at its centre, which has a mass of 55 million suns, has now been photographed at a tenfold higher frequency and 16 times clearer clarity than all previous high-resolution photographs.
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