Five years after ‘Interstellar’ gave us an idea of what a black hole would look like from the inside, astronomers probably took it as a challenge to one-up him. Why else would an image of a black hole crop up after five years!? Astronomers have captured the first image of a black hole, triggering a whole lot of gasps as we herald a revolution in trying to understand one of the most enigmatic objects of the universe.
The picture shows a halo of dust and gas that traces the outline of a colossal black hole in the middle of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55 million light years away from the Earth, The Guardian reported.
BBC reported that the size of the black hole is 40 billion km across, which is three million times the size of the Earth and has been described as “a monster” by scientists. As it stands 500 trillion km away, it has been photographed by a network of eight telescopes across the world.
In a historic feat by @EHTelescope & @NSF, a black hole image has been captured for the 1st time. Several of our missions observed the same black hole using different light wavelengths and collected data to understand the black hole’s environment. Details: https://t.co/WOjLdY76ve pic.twitter.com/4PhH1bfHxc
— NASA (@NASA) April 10, 2019
This information may be revolutionary but once it reaches the Internet there’s almost nothing that escapes the world of memes.
Sigh feeling homesick https://t.co/TEQEPPUDds
— Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) April 10, 2019
isnt this how lord of the rings started https://t.co/iTFvsO01Kr
— darth™ (@darth) April 10, 2019
Anyone else a little disappointed the black hole picture didn’t look a bit more something like this? pic.twitter.com/AO2NnOf2s7
— Jerome Taylor (@JeromeTaylor) April 10, 2019
That black hole photo is mighty blurry. Let’s enhance it #EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/D15UcDmyjD
— Andy Croson (@MVMNTuk) April 10, 2019
I see a black hole every day inside my wallet.
— Ｓａｗｙｅｒ (@Sawyer_DAA) April 10, 2019
seems like a red and yellow hole. i will wait for an actual black hole.
— matt hooley (@citiless) April 10, 2019
NASA: We’ve finally photographed a black hole!”
Also NASA: pic.twitter.com/rIm2mjj2Pi
— Starkađr (@PhantasmaJune) April 10, 2019
They borrowed my camera to take the photohttps://t.co/7T3Y9gndUa
— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ƿɿ૯ (@pewdiepie) April 10, 2019
The first ever image of a black hole is even more amazing if you zoom out.#EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/9sywXEcRPV
— Kerrang! Radio (@KerrangRadio) April 10, 2019