…….. On April 10. Ha ha! Had to throw in some sort of April Fools spin. But facts are facts, Planet Earth. The European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced today that the European Commission, the European Research Council, and the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project will hold a press conference on April 10, 2019 to discuss “ground breaking” results of the Event Horizon Telescope, a global network of radio telescopes designed to observe and image the event horizon of objects including super-massive black holes. Six major press conferences will be held concurrently around the world in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Japan, Taipei, and Washington DC.
Much hype surrounds this event, with the ESO stressing the findings’ importance and rumors surrounding the revelation of the first image of a black hole’s event horizon ever captured. The conference will stream online on the ESO’s website, along with their YouTube and social media accounts using the hashtag #AskEHTeu. Members of the press may also sign up for advanced public dissemination access 48 hours prior by filling out this form.
The European Southern Observatory is a 16-nation member astronomical research organization. Formed in 1962, the ESO provides some of mankind’s greatest observations, research, and images of the Cosmos, constructing and operating some of the most technologically advanced telescopes ever devised. Most of its observations are conducted in Northern Chilea the La Silla Observatory in the Atacama Desert (above image), where the rugged dry climate allows for ideal astronomy. The ESO Headquarters is located in Garching, Germany near Munich.
ESO observatories and the Headquarters. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser