Jan 16

First Light For Future Black Hole Probe

Source: ESO Organisation Release eso1601

eso1601aGRAVITY discovers new double star in Orion Trapezium Cluster.
Image credits: ESO/GRAVITY consortium/NASA/ESA/M. McCaughrean.

Zooming in on black holes is the main mission for the newly installed instrument GRAVITY at ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. During its first observations, GRAVITY successfully combined starlight using all four Auxiliary Telescopes. The large team of European astronomers and engineers, led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, who designed and built GRAVITY, are thrilled with the performance. During these initial tests, the instrument has already achieved a number of notable firsts. This is the most powerful VLT Interferometer instrument yet installed. (learn more)

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