Mount Gamsberg in Namibia, selected as the best site on the African continent for the setting up of the ground breaking Africa Millimetre Telescope which is aimed at gaining more insight into black holes will be at the forefront of international research on adding the missing links to the elusive entity’s that are black holes.
Also known as Namibia’s Table Mountain, the site has been identified by international scientists as a perfect location, due to its proximity, positioning, dry climate and a height of 2 350 metres, to capture first-of-a-kind high resolution photographs of black holes in the universe.
Bank Windhoek, in conjunction with the University of Namibia (UNAM) and Netherland’s Radboud University (RU) Nijmegen, will host a scientific event themed ‘Building the Namibian Africa Millimetre Telescope: seeing the unseen’.
The informative world-wide research-based event, will take place on Wednesday, 27 March 2019 at Windhoek High School from 17:30 to 20:00.
The gathering’s objective will be to enlighten and educate the Namibian public on a ground-breaking Africa Millimetre Telescope (AMT) project – currently in its preliminary design phase – which has embarked on a mission to build a 15-metre-high single-dish radio telescope at the summit of the Gamsberg mountain.
The AMT, a collaborative project between UNAM’s Department of Physics and the Radboud University Nijmegen’s Department of Astrophysics, aims to provide the essential missing link to the network of telescopes around the globe known as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) which aims to obtain the first picture of a black hole.
“This will provide us with first-time direct evidence of the existence of black holes and deliver solid proof of predictions of the theory of relativity, a major scientific breakthrough,” said AMT’s Project Director, Marc Klein Wolt, who is expected to introduce the project during the event.