In 2019, scientists did what they had always thought was impossible: They captured an image of a black hole’s silhouette using the Event Horizon Telescope.
A team of international astronomers and computer scientists spent a decade developing a new kind of imaging technique that revealed a dark black center surrounded by a massive ring of orange and yellow light.
In early January, scientists in Maui used the new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope for the first time, taking the highest-resolution photos of the sun ever recorded. (The surface looks like the cracked ground of the Atacama desert—if it were oozing lava and on fire.) Our abilities to image space using new techniques and equipment will advance the work of research scientists across a variety of fields.
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