Black Hole Hunters

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Black Hole Hunters

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THE QUEST TO HUNT DOWN ONE OF SPACE’S MOST ELUSIVE ENIGMAS

The hunt for black holes has never been hotter. This epic documentary special follows extraordinary scientists on an ambitious quest to hunt down one of space’s most elusive enigmas. With humble beginnings in outback Australia, the journey has brought them to the cusp of an unprecedented milestone – photographing a black hole for the very first time, by creating a telescope the size of the earth.

Once a curiosity, black holes have become an unexpected key to understanding the secrets of the universe. Astronomers are learning fascinating new things about black holes every day – from the discovery that are not, in fact, like cosmic vacuum cleaners, ingesting everything in their path, but that they can ‘snack’ on stellar material, and even take rests between ‘meals’, to the sound they
make when colliding.

However, these mysterious objects throw up as many questions as they do answers – and solving these problems could force these trailblazing scientists to forget everything they think they know about the laws of physics.

A Catalyst story

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Catalyst I Series 20
Australian Broadcasting Corporation