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Supermassive Black Hole

A behind-the-scenes encounter with the scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope, which captured the first-ever picture of a supermassive black hole.

This month, the Sky at Night team reveals how the first picture of a supermassive black hole was captured. When the photograph of the hole at the heart of the M87 galaxy was released in April, it captured the world’s imagination and made headlines everywhere.

Chris Lintott reports from behind the scenes, meeting the scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope who worked for a decade to capture the image. And Maggie Aderin-Pocock reveals the mysterious and terrifying power of this astonishing cosmic phenomenon.

29 minutes

Last on

Thu 16 May 2019 19:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham

    At The Castle Gate From Pelleas and Melisande (The Sky At Night) (1955)


Role Contributor
Presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock
Presenter Chris Lintott
Presenter Pete Lawrence
Producer Michael Lachmann
Executive Producer Steve Crabtree


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