2018: We’ll See a Black Hole for the First Time in History
The international EHT research team, including Perimeter’s Avery Broderick, recently measured for the first time the magnetic fields that contribute to black hole growth. Here, Broderick provides a brief explanation of the motivations and globe-spanning nature of the EHT collaboration.
For the first time, astronomers have detected evidence of black-hole-scale magnetic fields near the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy.
Were these magnetic fields not there, “a lot of theoretical astrophysics would have to go back to the drawing board,” says Avery Broderick, an Associate Faculty member at Perimeter Institute jointly appointed at the University of Waterloo.