Thursday, May 12, 2022, is supposed the day that scientists will be making a “groundbreaking” announcement about our galaxy.
While the information is still a bit thin here on the ground, astronomers from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) and European Southern Observatory (ESO) have promised new information about the Milky Way.
The event can be watched on YouTube and ESO’s website but will actually take place at 2pm GMT at the ESO headquarters in Garching bei München, Germany.
ESO’s website published a press release that read:
‘The ESO and EHT project will hold a press conference to present new Milky Way results from the EHT.’
It was titled as ‘Press conference at ESO on groundbreaking Milky Way results from the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration’.
Apparently, the big announcement has something to do with the black hole that has been seen in the middle of our galaxy, according to the Independent.
The international organization, ESO, operates the telescope in Chile which had recent conversations about the shapes of black holes suggesting they favor pancakes instead of donuts.
Back in 2019, the EHT produced its first image of a black hole, M87.
Even NASA has gotten an audio recording of what the black hole sounds like in the center of the Perseus galaxy cluster in this month.
NASA published a press release on May 4 saying:
‘In some ways, this sonification is unlike any other done before because it revisits the actual sound waves discovered in data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
‘The popular misconception that there is no sound in space originates with the fact that most of space is essentially a vacuum, providing no medium for sound waves to propagate through.
‘A galaxy cluster, on the other hand, has copious amounts of gas that envelop the hundreds or even thousands of galaxies within it, providing a medium for the sound waves to travel.’
A spokesperson from NASA also said:
‘The sound waves were extracted in radial directions, that is, outwards from the center. The signals were then re-synthesised into the range of human hearing by scaling them upward by 57 and 58 octaves above their true pitch.
‘Another way to put this is that they are being heard 144 quadrillion and 288 quadrillion times higher than their original frequency.’