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
Others compared it to food, like a vada...
And a doughnut...
To others, it bore a striking resemblance to the Eye of Saur from Lord Of The Rings
And a lot of jokes were cracked
Me: mum take a nice picture of us— Rosie Percy (@rosiepercy) April 10, 2019
Mum: how does it work
Me: just press the button fgs
SCIENTISTS: “We've produced the first-ever image of a supermassive Black Hole, 55-million light years away”— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 10, 2019
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”
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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