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Project bids to make black hole movies

An Earth-sized "virtual telescope" is ready to take the first ever picture of a black hole - the mysterious monster object at the centre of our galaxy.

The "Event Horizon Telescope", as it is known, is actually a widely dispersed array of existing radio astronomy facilities.

When their observations are combined they should have a chance of resolving the Milky Way's super-massive black hole.

Ultimately, the team wants to make movies of this dynamic region of space. Katie Bouman, from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, spoke with our correspondent Jonathan Amos.