Black Hole First Picture

Suitable for: College, General Audiences, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Available languages: English

Covered subject areas: Cosmology, Space Science & Astronomy, Weather

Runtime: 25 minutes

Release date: 2020

Following a journey of human perseverance, ingenuity, and imagination, fulldome film Black Hole First Picture encapsulates a historic milestone in science visualization and discovery – witnessing a phenomenon widely believed to be invisible: a black hole. Planetarium audiences around the world are taken on a quest that examines worldwide radio sites that comprise the Event Horizon Telescope (a global network of synchronized radio observatories that work in unison to capture images of black holes), peers into the core of the Messier 87 galaxy, and travels to the heart of the Milky Way to produce the first-ever picture of a black hole.

Black Hole First Picture showcases stunning cinematography of each site of the Event Horizon Telescope, including real-world footage captured at seven of the eight telescopes. To produce the film, the Cosm Studios team and Writer-Director, Robin Sip, travelled across 10 countries and utilized 3D printing to model the South Pole Telescope. 95 percent of the film is live-action footage, versus CGI. Through the lens of this film, we see the tremendous contributions and impact made by the global science community, inspiring future generations across the globe.