UA researchers earn Oscar of Science for first-ever black hole

U of A astronomers take photo of black hole
U of A astronomers take photo of black hole
Published: Sep. 5, 2019 at 3:44 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Four researchers from the University of Arizona were named in a collaboration that has earned the “Oscar of Science.”

The four researchers were the following:

  • Dimitrios Pslatis, the EHT Project Scientist
  • Dan Marrone, one of the four leads who announced the first image
  • Feryal Ozel, lead of the modeling analysis working group
  • Chi-kwan Chan is a lead of the EHT computational and data processing effort

They are part of the Event Horizon Telescope project, which was just named for the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the first-ever photo of a Black Hole.

The University of Arizona has 36 researchers and students contributing to the Event Horizon Telescope project, including 21 UA students that were involved in the project when the image was released.

The University of Arizona also managed two of the eight telescopes involved in creating the first image.

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