Jul 12

APEX takes part in sharpest observation ever

Source: ESO Organisation Release eso1229

Artist’s impression of the quasar 3C 279.
Image credits: ESO/M. Kornmesser.

An international team of astronomers has observed the heart of a distant quasar with unprecedented sharpness, two million times finer than human vision. The observations, made by connecting the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope to two others on different continents for the first time, is a crucial step towards the dramatic scientific goal of the “Event Horizon Telescope” project: imaging the supermassive black holes at the centre of our own galaxy and others. (read more)

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