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.
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.