Building a better black hole with supercomputer simulations:


Astronomers used a perhaps unlikely tool to understand what they saw in their historic first image of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole: a library of computer simulations that mimic the black hole with millions of variations.

Taking an image of a: black hole:such as: Sagittarius A * in the center of our galaxy, with the: Event Horizon Telescope: (EHT) is one of the most complicated feats that any astronomer will ever undertake. The new image: combines petabytes of data from eight radio telescopes distributed all over the world; advanced computer algorithms then go to work to turn all this disparate data into a false-color image.