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A movie date with the Universe: Black Hole First Picture in Premiere

07 februari 2023

Wednesday 2 February NOVA proudly presented the Black Hole First Picture at the Omniversum – One Planet – in The Hague. Black Hole First Picture is a movie about being curious and persistent. Made by director Robin Sip, Joanna Holt from NOVA presented a great planetarium show before the movie started and professor Heino Falcke told us about the big search for that precious image and about the making of the movie. The audience was amazing: students, VIP’s, family, friends and of course some astronomers. The movie will play at Omniversum on Friday 3 March and 17 March. Afterwards astronomers of NOVA will talk about black holes and answer questions from the public (in English).

Visuals and content from Barbara Kerkhof / Radboud Radiolab www.blackholehunters.space and Arie Nouwen from https://www.astroblogs.nl/2023...

Two kids, one dream. We watch them stargazing on the Gamsberg Mountain in Namibia, dreaming about understanding that big sky above us. How many stars are there, how big is the sun, what is a moon and does a black hole really exist? We all have these questions - only some of us make a life out of searching for the answers. In the film, two young astronomers travel to remote locations to participate in the historic scientific mission to take the first photograph of a black hole using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Since childhood, their dream has been to see a black hole with their own eyes. The telescope consists of a network of eight radio telescopes in six remote locations around the world, ranging from Europe, North and South America, Hawaii to Antarctica.

Wednesday 2 February the Black Hole First Picture was proudly presented at the Omniversum – One Planet – in The Hague. Black Hole First Picture is a movie about being curious and persistent. Joanna Holt from NOVA presented a great planetarium show before the movie started and professor Heino Falcke told us about the big search for that precious image and about the making of the movie. The audience was amazing: students, VIP’s, family, friends and of course some astronomers.

Director Robin Sip did a great job showing the beauty and impact of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), the worldwide network of telescopes that created that first image of the blackhole in the far away galaxy M87 - and eventually the image of the black hole in our milkyway, Sagittarius A*. Even better: you get to watch it on a screen of 180 Degrees. This really enhances the experience, and the images are amazing. 

The movie can be seen two more times. After seeing the premiere Wednesday, our advice is: definitely go see it! It will be shown in the dome of Museon-Omniversum at 8pm on Friday 3 and Friday 17 March 2023. Afterwards astronomers from NOVA will give a planetarium show about black holes. The movie will be shown in original, English-language version without subtitles. Tickets for the evening cost 7.50 euros. The show will last until 10.30pm. Also, there will be time and space for questions, so we’d say: come over and watch the black hole on this gigantic screen! Go to https://oneplanet.nl/en/film/b...

Did you watch the film and/or are you excited about black holes, the journey of the astronomers of Event Horizon and the build of the Africa Millimetre Telescope? Follow their journey through Namibia and the world on Instagram @blackholehunters. 



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