News From the Field
Peeling back the darkness of M87
April 15, 2019
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Supercomputers at The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center enabled researchers to confirm the accuracy, and interpret features of, the first-of-its-kind image of a black hole, obtained by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Relativistic simulations of black hole physics, along with ray tracing, helped predict how M87 would appear on Earth, and gave the EHT team confidence that the composite image was correct. Full Story
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center
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