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In the Shadow of a Black Hole

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. In coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers revealed that they succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. This 17-minute film explores the efforts that led to this historic image, from the science of Einstein and Schwarzschild to the struggles and successes of the EHT collaboration. Download options available on: https://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1907a/ Credit: ESO Directed by: Lars Lindberg Christensen Art Direction, Production Design: Martin Kornmesser Written by: Sarah Leach, Laura Hiscott, Lars Lindberg Christensen and Calum Turner 3D animations and graphics: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada Editing: Martin Kornmesser Producer: Herbert Zodet Music: Johan B. Monell – Shadow of the Universe Part I-Shadow Of The Universe (parts 1-5) (www.johanmonell.com) and Stellardrone – Galaxies. Footage and photos: ESO, Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), IRAM/Diverticimes/Cinedia, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, BlackHoleCam/Radboud University/Cristian Afker/Cafker Productions, Digitized Sky Survey 2, De Gasperin et al., Kim et al., mediomix, ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/General Dynamics C4 Systems, Nicolle R. Fuller/NSF, Jordy Davelaar et al., B. Tafreshi (twanight.org), C. Malin (christophmalin.com), Glen Petitpas/SMA,P. Horálek, James Lowenthal (Dept. of Astronomy, Smith College), J. Weintroub, SMT/Used with permission from University of Arizona, David Harvey, photographer, William Montgomerie/JCMT/EAO,LMT/INAOE Archive, M. Druckmüller, P. Aniol SMT/University of Arizona by Bob Demers /©2019 Arizona Board of Regents, Junhan Kim (Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, University of Arizona), Spaceengine.org, L. Calçada, Y. Beletsky (LCO), M. Kornmesser, H. Zodet, ESA/Hubble,Onsala Space Observatory, Historische Museum Bern/Albert-Einstein-Archiv, Jerusalem, Ferdinand Schmutzer, Royal Observatory, Greenwich, Jonathan Riley,Luca Micheli, Karl Schwarzschild image courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Afshin Darian/The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Submillimeter Array, Thalia Traianou (Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy), Steven H. Keys and http://www.keysphotography.com, and Robert Schwarz (www.antarctic-adventures.de). Scientific consultants: Paola Amico and Mariya Lyubenova. Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida. Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.
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