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How to See a Black Hole: The Universe's Greatest Mystery

Documentary following researchers as they try to take the first-ever picture of a black hole. They must travel the globe to build a revolutionary telescope that spans planet Earth.

For two years BBC cameras have followed, Dr Sheperd Doeleman of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the work of the Event Horizon Telescope project team, a collective of the top scientific minds from around the world. The project combines radio observatories and telescope facilities from around the world to make up a virtual telescope with a diameter spanning the entire planet. This mega-telescope’s ultimate mission is to capture the first image ever of a black hole. Although the concept of black holes has been long assumed to be fact, the Event Horizon Telescope’s success would definitively prove the existence of this scientific phenomena for the first time – and provide clear visual evidence.

The programme brings viewers into the laboratories, behind the computer screens and beside the telescopes of what may prove to be one of the great astrophysical achievements in human history.

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 12 Jan 2020 22:30

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Role Contributor
Narrator Peter Capaldi
Production Manager Eva Robins
Editor Paul Shepard
Executive Producer Carlo Massarella
Executive Producer Dan Kendall
Producer Henry Fraser
Director Henry Fraser
Production Company Windfall Films Ltd


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