Imaging Magnetic Fields at the Edge of M87's Black Hole

Friday March 26, 2021 11:00 AM
Speaker: Monika Mościbrodzka, Radboud University
Location: Online Event

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of a black hole, has just revealed a new view of the massive object at the centre of the M87 galaxy: how it looks in polarised light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarisation, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of a black hole. The observations are key to explaining how the M87 galaxy, located 55 million light-years away, is able to launch energetic jets from its core.

In her presentation, Dr. Mościbrodzka will talk about these new observational results and their theoretical interpretation.

For more information, please contact Vikram Ravi (vikram@astro.caltech.edu) or Katie Bouman (klbouman@caltech.edu).

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