Project Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), in which eight Mexicans participated, has won the Breakthrough Prize, best known as the “Oscars of Science” in the category of Fundamental Physics, thanks to the first image of a black hole.
According to information of the Scientific Advisory Forum, to capture the first image of a supermassive black hole, the alliance of 8 sensitive radiotelescopes was needed, located strategically all over the world: the Antartic, Chile, México, Hawaii, Arizona, and Spain.
In addition to all the global collaboration of scientists from 60 institutions operating in 20 countries and regions to create a virtual telescope the size of the Earth with a resolution power never reached before from the surface of our planet.
We’re pleased to announce that the @ehtelescope collaboration has won the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Congratulations to the entire team, across 60 institutions and 20 countries. https://t.co/LzL5M8SmEp https://t.co/k2Am4snPnN
— Breakthrough (@brkthroughprize) September 5, 2019
The prize consists of USD $3 million and it will be shared equally between the 347 scientists who participated in the project. It will be presented next November 3rd in a ceremony organized by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, headed by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan, Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Yuri and Julia Milner.
Source: El Universal