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Media Advisory 22-001

Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration to announce groundbreaking results about the center of our galaxy

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The South Pole Telescope at NSF's Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station.


April 28, 2022

The U.S. National Science Foundation with the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration will hold a press conference to announce a groundbreaking discovery in the Milky Way.

LOCATION – The National Press Club, 529 14th St N.W., Washington, D.C., 20045. The event will also be streamed live online. 

Who: NSF's Chief Operating Officer Karen Marrongelle will deliver opening remarks. A panel of Event Horizon Telescope, or EHT, researchers will present their findings and answer questions from the media: 

  • Katherine (Katie) L. Bouman, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Astronomy at Caltech 
  • Vincent Fish, Research Scientist at MIT Haystack Observatory 
  • Michael Johnson, Astrophysicist at Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian 
  • Feryal Özel, Professor of Astronomy and Physics at University of Arizona  

What: Press conference on groundbreaking result from the Event Horizon Telescope. 

When: Thursday, May 12, 2022, 9 a.m. EDT. 

Where: The National Press Club, 529 14th St N.W., Washington, D.C., 20045. The event will also be streamed live online at https://beta.nsf.gov/blackholes and on NSF's Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/US.NSF

RSVP: Credentialed press can register to attend the event in person by contacting eht@nsf.gov. Please provide name of individual asking to attend, their title and the name of the outlet being represented. You will receive a confirmation email if your registration is accepted. The deadline to register is 6:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 9. Details about submitting questions or scheduling interviews will be sent to journalists with the registration confirmation NLT May 11. 

Immediately following the press conference, panelists and other experts from the EHT collaboration will be available for interviews. 

NSF will issue a press release the morning of the press conference along with supporting material. Supporting material will also be available at https://beta.nsf.gov/blackholes

In addition to the press briefing in the U.S., press conferences will be held simultaneously in Garching bei München (near Munich), Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Taipei. If you wish to embed the press conference in your online feed, you may do so from the NSF direct livestream link. The NSF Black Holes page includes additional information about exploring and studying black holes. 

A separate panel of EHT researchers will participate in a public Q&A panel at 10:30 a.m. EDT. The public Q&A panel will also be available to view on the NSF Black Holes Website and NSF's Facebook page. Participants include: 

  • Kazu Akiyama, Research Scientist, MIT Haystack Observatory 
  • Richard Anantua, Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Associate at the Harvard College Observatory 
  • Daryl Haggard, Associate Professor of Physics at McGill University and the McGill Space Institute 
  • Lia Medeiros, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study 
  • Dom Pesce, Astrophysicist, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian and Black Hole Initiative at Harvard University 

For further information about EHT, please visit the Event Horizon Telescope webpage

The information in this press advisory is strictly for media planning purposes and is embargoed until May 12, 2022. 

-NSF-

Media Contacts
Media Affairs, NSF, (703) 292-7090, email: media@nsf.gov

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