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Groundbreaking Result From Event Horizon Telescope Project



 First Result From Event Horizon Telescope Project

a supermassive black hole. Credit: University of Arizona

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will hold a press conference to announce a groundbreaking result.

What: Press conference on groundbreaking result from the Event Horizon Telescope.

Who : NSF Director France Córdova will deliver remarks. A panel of EHT researchers will also deliver remarks and answers:

  • Sheperd Doeleman, EHT Director, Harvard University Senior Research Fellow, Astrophysics Center at Harvard & Smithsonian
  • Daniel Marrone, University of Arizona, Department of Astronomy, Steward Observatory
  • Avery Broderick, University of Waterloo, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • Sera Markoff, University of Amsterdam, Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy, Gravitation and AstroParticle Physics Amsterdam

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 9 am EDT

Where: The National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC, 20045. The event will also be streamed live online

RSVP: Credentialed press can register to attend the event in person by contacting [email protected] To attend, media must register at 6:00 pm EDT on Monday, April 8. Details about submitting questions or scheduling interviews will be sent to journalists following registration.

Immediately following the press conference, panelists and other experts from the EHT collaboration will be available for interviews.

NSF will issue a press release the morning of the press conference. Translation of the press release will be available in multiple languages, along with extensive supporting audiovisual material.

In addition to the press briefing in the US, press conferences will be held simultaneously in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo. Speakers in some of the locations include:

  • The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, will speak in Brussels.
  • President of the Academia Sinica, James Liao, will speak in Taipei.
  • Director of the Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array, Sean Dougherty, and European Southern Observatory Director General Xavier Barcons will speak in Santiago.

The NSF Special Report includes additional information about exploring and studying black holes.


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