The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) team, which earlier this year unveiled photos of the supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy M87, won the $3million (R44m) annual Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics, it was announced this week.
“It’s an amazing achievement for us, and to be recognised in this way brings it all home in a certain way: how it affects others,” said EHT director Sheperd Doeleman, who is based at Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.
A South African astrophysicist, Professor Roger Deane of the University of Pretoria, is among a group of astronomers to benefit as the prize will be shared....
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