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25 Of The Funniest Reactions To The First Ever Image Of The Black Hole

Published 7 months ago

Back on the 10th of April, the first ever images of a black hole have been released. Now, it sounds like a major discovery – and it is – but instead of being fascinated, many people responded the only way they know best – by creating hilarious memes.

The image of the black hole, located in the M87 galaxy, was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) – a network of eight interlinked telescopes. The experiment was proposed by professor Heino Falcke of Radboud University in the Netherlands.

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Image source: NumbersMuncher

In an interview with BBC, the scientist said that the black hole in the image is larger than our entire Solar System. “It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe,” said Falcke.

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The bright ring around the dark center is caused by superheated gas falling into the black hole. The light is even brighter than all of the other stars in the galaxy, therefore it can be seen from Earth. The edge of the dark circle in the center is where the gas enters the hole – not even light can escape the gravitational pull.

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Image source: aschmugge

A black hole is a region of spacetime that exhibits such strong gravitational effects that not even light can escape it. The space beyond the black hole is called the event horizon, also called the “point of no return” – it’s impossible to escape its gravitational effects.

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When prof Falcke first came up with the idea for the project back in 1993, no one believed it to be possible. The scientist was the first one to realize that a certain type of radio emission is generated around a black hole and that it just might be strong enough to be picked up by telescopes on Earth. Falcke also used a 1973 paper that suggested black holes are 2.5 times larger than they appear due to their enormous gravity. It was these two things that made producing the image possible.

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Many telescopes were needed to take the image – that’s why a project was led by Prof Sheperd Doeleman of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics to set up a network of eight telescopes – the Event Horizon Telescope. Each of the telescopes are located high up in various sites, like on tops of volcanoes in Hawaii and Mexico, in the mountains in Arizona and even Antarctica.

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Image source: ezyjules

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Image source: palacetinebaba

The heart of the M87 galaxy was scanned for 10 days by a team of 200 scientists.

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Image source: Rschooley

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Image source: peter.mcevoy.50

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Image source: dohertymark

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Image source: Fred_Delicious

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Image source: bcarlton727

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Aušrys Uptas

One day this guy just kind of figured "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending around the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness, so if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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