Nobel laureate Robert Wilson discusses how a network of telescopes might illumine a black hole, after the 92nd Street Y’s Bang! Bang! event.
What does a black hole really look like?
Robert Wilson: The pictures they've probably seen are simulations of what we ought to see.
Nobel Laureate Robert Wilson explains how scientists are seeking ways to reveal a black hole's true form.
Wilson: There are something like seven different telescopes in different parts of the world. In Hawaii, Arizona, Chile, Mexico, South Pole, Spain...And they can all sort of work together to make a sort of Earth-sized telescope. And we hope that in the end, when we get all this working correctly, that we'll be able to see transient events. And really get a picture of what a black hole looks like and its surroundings.
Black Hole Images
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/
Sonoma State Univ.
NASA, ESA, and D. Coe, J. Anderson,
and R. van der Marel (STScI)
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