2021 News

March 25, 2021
Launch of Europe’s largest astronomy network
Two astronomy networks are coming together to form Europe’s largest ground-based astronomy collaborative network: the OPTICON-RadioNet PILOT (ORP). The ORP will provide scientists with access to a wide range of instruments, promote training for young astronomers, and open the way to new discoveries.
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March 24, 2021
Astronomers Image Magnetic Fields at the Edge of M87’s Black Hole
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of a black hole, has revealed today a new view of the massive object at the centre of the M87 galaxy: how it looks in polarised light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarisation, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of a black hole. The observations are key to explaining how the M87 galaxy, located 55 million light-years away, is able to launch energetic jets from its core.
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January 11, 2021
EHT collaboration honored with Royal Astronomical Society's Group Achievement Award
The EHT collaboration, including an important number of IRAM scientists, has been granted the Royal Astronomical Society's 2021 Group Achievement Award. In its citation, the RAS stated that the EHT image of the black hole shadow of M87 is "one of the finest examples of an achievement resulting from close collaboration by researchers from around the World". The image "represents an important milestone in human ingenuity and scientific endeavour, and is opening new doorways to study the physics of accretion around super-massive black holes in completely unprecedented ways.”
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