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What does a black hole look like?

2019-04-10 20:21 #0 by: Leia

 The image of a black hole captured by the Event Horizon Telescope. Photograph: EHT Collaboration

"Astronomers have captured the first image of a black hole, heralding a revolution in our understanding of the universe’s most enigmatic objects. The picture shows a halo of dust and gas, tracing the outline of a colossal black hole, at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55m light years from Earth." - The Guardian 

A great day for science and scientists around the world. As one of the speakers said, today one of our most incredible mathematical concepts went from an equation on the blackboard to a real image for everyone to see. Congratulations to all of those incredibly smart and dedicated people for showing us this wonder.

All the best, Leia

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2019-04-10 21:30 #1 by: jordan

Am I the only one who felt a little underwhelmed by what it looked like? I don't know what I was expecting to be honest, but I guess something more spectacular?

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2019-04-11 08:55 #2 by: Niklas

#1: Perhaps its more spectacular up close. At a distance of 55,000,000 light years you can expect the photo to be a little blurry. 🙂

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2019-04-12 22:52 #3 by: jordan

Haha maybe 😉

I did see that there was some predictions of what the hole looked like, and they were fairly accurate! Maybe that contributed to me feeling underwhelmed

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2019-04-15 13:00 #4 by: Leia

#3 Where can you find these predictions?

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2019-04-15 21:11 #5 by: jordan

#4 Nowhere in particular, just by what was previously assumed it looked like in sci-fi or cartoons!

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