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Smithsonian Channel sets April premiere for “Black Hole Hunters”

Smithsonian Channel is to follow a team of international scientists as they attempt to capture the first image ever of a black hole. Black Hole Hunters will document the efforts of ...
April 1, 2019

Smithsonian Channel is to follow a team of international scientists as they attempt to capture the first image ever of a black hole.

Black Hole Hunters will document the efforts of Dr. Sheperd Doeleman of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and his team of top scientific minds from around the world as they attempt to record the first-ever image of a black hole with the Event Horizon Telescope. The theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass can deform spacetime to form a black hole, and, although the concept has long been assumed to be fact, the Event Horizon Telescope’s success would provide the first clear visual evidence of their existence.

The Event Horizon Telescope project combines radio observatories and telescope facilities from around the world to make up a virtual telescope with a diameter spanning the entire planet.

Black Hole Hunters will provide audiences with exclusive access into the laboratories to meet those behind computer screens and beside the telescopes of “what may prove to be one of the great astrophysical achievements in the history of mankind.”

The documentary is produced by Windfall Films, part of the Argonon Group, in association with the BBC, NHK, Canal+ and N24.

Windfall’s Carlo Massarella and Dan Kendall are executive producers, and Henry Fraser is producer and director. Tim Evans and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

Key funding for the Event Horizon Telescope was provided by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the EU’s European Research Council (ERC) and funding agencies in East Asia.

Black Hole Hunters premieres April 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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