In what is being considered a significant milestone on the path to understanding the universe, scientists have managed to capture the first ever photo of a supermassive black hole. The black hole is located at the center of Messier 87, the largest galaxy we know of, about 54 million light-years away. Sharing the highly-anticipated portrait online, NASA called it a “game changing breakthrough”.
What does today’s black hole image news mean? Our @ChandraXRay Observatory team puts it into perspective and shares just what a difficult feat it was for @NSF and @EHTelescope to obtain the new black hole image. Read more about #EHTBlackHole: https://t.co/s9xoxt8l3Spic.twitter.com/TQD8HSdbGG
— NASA (@NASA) April 10, 2019
But for some on Twitter, these lofty ideas held no importance – they were more immediately concerned with cracking jokes at the black hole’s expense. Soon after the black hole image was released online, netizens flooded social media with memes and jokes. Take a look at some of the best ones below:
Many found the pic a little underwhelming
— Gobyshankar (@GobyDot) April 11, 2019
I’m gonna say first image of black hole recorded.
— Sigai Saravanan (@ssaravanansiva) April 11, 2019
Others compared it to food, like a vada…
— tsk (@tskwrites) April 11, 2019
— Shyamalatha Devi (@shyamalathadevi) April 11, 2019
— ???? Mae Ⓥ (@pistachio_mae) April 11, 2019
And a doughnut…
— Fakhar Khalid (@FakharKhalid) April 10, 2019
— Shea Fox (@TheSheaFox) April 10, 2019
To others, it bore a striking resemblance to the Eye of Saur from Lord Of The Rings
— Beth. Ram (@Ktelizar) April 11, 2019
And a lot of jokes were cracked
Me: mum take a nice picture of us
Mum: how does it work
Me: just press the button fgs
— Rosie Percy (@rosiepercy) April 10, 2019
SCIENTISTS: “We’ve produced the first-ever image of a supermassive Black Hole, 55-million light years away”
SCIENTISTS: “We’ve concluded that humans are catastrophically warming Earth”
RESPONSE: “That conflicts with what I want to be true, so it must be false”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 10, 2019
— Karma The Deermin ???? (@KarmaTheDeermin) April 11, 2019
Scientists have just released the first known pictures of an actual black hole. The gravity is so strong that no treats can escape, and it sucks people in from long distances to give belly rubs. #EHTBlackHolepic.twitter.com/GijUUVH6Pb
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) April 10, 2019
The black hole image shows the boundary between light and dark around a black hole, called the event horizon. “By definition, nothing not even light, can escape the gravitational grasp of a black hole. This, however, is only true if you get too close, and the boundary between what can and cannot get away is called the event horizon,” explains NASA.
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