11 April 2019
Chinese astronomers have made contributions to a global effort to capture the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole at the heart of the distant galaxy M87. The image of the black hole, based on observations through the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), was supported by the Center for Astronomical MegaScience (CAMS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), co-established by National Astronomical Observatories, Purple Mountain Observatory and SAO. More than 200 researchers, including 16 from the Chinese mainland, participated in the scientific feat. Chinese scientists participated in the observations in Spain and Hawaii and made contributions to the data analysis and theoretical explanation of the black hole.
China-led project expected to enhance space research