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Media Advisory

UMass Amherst Astronomers Available to Discuss Their Role in Center of the Galaxy Research Following Press Conference



DATE:           Thursday, May 12

TIME:            Immediately following 9 a.m. EDT news conference

WHAT:          UMass astronomers available to discuss groundbreaking results from the Event Horizon Telescope

WHERE:       The press conference, hosted by the National Science Foundation,
                      will be held at The National Press Club in Washington.
                      The event will also be streamed live online at
                      and on NSF's Facebook page at

WHO:            Gopal Narayanan (+1-413-237-1223;
                       and Peter Schloerb (+1-413-531-1473,
                       are available for comment immediately following the conclusion of the press conference.

UMass Amherst astronomers Gopal Narayanan and Peter Schloerb are members of the Event Horizon Telescope team and are available for comment.

The U.S. National Science Foundation, along with the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, will hold a press conference to announce a groundbreaking discovery in the Milky Way. This press conference will be one of seven held concurrently around the world.

The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration was formed to directly observe the immediate environment of a black hole and is an international collaboration that links radio telescopes across the globe to form one enormous, earth-sized virtual telescope with unprecedented resolution. One of these telescopes, The Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano is the world’s largest single-dish telescope of its kind and played a crucial role in the Event Horizon Telescope discovery. The Large Millimeter Telescope is jointly operated by UMass Amherst and the country of Mexico.

For more information, see the National Science Foundation’s announcement and the Event Horizon Telescope’s homepage.