Andrew Chael (Physics department; supervised by Ramesh Narayan)who will be defending his dissertation this month has been chosen to receive this year's Eric Keto Prize, which is awarded annually for the best PhD thesis in theoretical astrophysics at Harvard University. The prize was enabled through a generous donation by senior member of the CFA, Eric Keto. The prize ceremony will take place in the ITC lounge on Thursday, May 2nd at 2PM.
Though we have plenty of data confirming that they exist, humanity has never directly seen an image of a black hole, the mysterious singularities that warp the spacetime continuum by virtue of their huge masses, producing such gravitational force that not even light can escape .
There have been many simulations and illustrations based on observations — including scientifically-inspired simulations of what the accretion disk might look like, such as the one ...
Cambridge, MA--A black hole four million times as massive as our Sun lurks at the center of the Milky Way. This black hole, called Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), swallows nearby material that glows brightly as it approaches the event horizon. This galactic furnace is key to understanding black holes, but our view of it is obscured by lumpy clouds of electrons throughout the Galaxy. These clouds stretch, blur, and crinkle the image of Sgr A*, making it appear as though the black hole is blocked by an enormous sheet of frosted glass.