Testing general relativity with the Event Horizon Telescope

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The Event Horizon Telescope is a millimeter VLBI array that is taking the first horizon-scale pictures of the black hole in the center of the M87 galaxy and, in the near future, of the one in the center of the Milky Way. Measurements of the shape and size of the shadows cast by the black holes on the surrounding emission can test the cosmic censorship conjecture and the no-hair theorem and may find evidence for classical effects of the quantum structure of black holes. Observations of coherent structures in the accretion flows may lead to accurate measurements of the spins of the black holes and of other properties of their spacetimes. For Sgr A*, the black hole in the center of the Milky Way, measurements of the precession of stellar orbits and timing monitoring of orbiting pulsars offer complementary avenues to the gravitational tests with the Event Horizon Telescope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number137
JournalGeneral Relativity and Gravitation
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019


  • Accretion physics
  • Black holes
  • Gravitational physics
  • M87
  • Milky Way

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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