This Telescope Could Snap The First Photo of a Black Hole, Put Einstein’s Theory of Relativity To Test
In April, scientists hope to obtain the first photograph of a black hole using a series of radio-wave telescopes, known as the Event Horizon Telescope. Researchers will gather huge amounts of data that will either confirm or call into question the size and nature of black holes, as predicted by Einstein’s theory of relativity.
It has been one hundred years since Albert Einstein came up with his crowning intellectual achievement--the theory of relativity. That theory, published in 1915, posited that space and time are part of a single, interwoven continuum called spacetime. More importantly, spacetime itself is malleable and “warps” under the influence of matter. What we know as gravity is actually the bending of spacetime by objects with mass.