S&T grad helps capture first-ever image of black hole

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On August 2, 2019

This past spring, an S&T graduate was among the group of scientists who captured the first image of a supermassive black hole at the center of Messier 87, or M87. M87 is a galaxy within the Virgo galaxy cluster, 55 million light years from earth.

Frederick K. Baganoff, Phys’85, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, collaborated on the international Event Horizon Telescope project to produce the first direct images of a black hole. 

Baganoff and over 200 scientists worldwide announced this breakthrough on April 10 in a series of papers published in a special issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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On August 2, 2019. Posted in 2019, Beyond the Puck, Class Notes, Summer 2019