What a time to be alive! The first ever photo of a black hole was taken and shared with the world and the response has been all over the place? As Genny put it in Slack, “Because the internet has democratized access to information but not the knowledge needed to comprehend it.”
We have all the power at our fingertips to learn more about black holes, why this photograph is such a big moment for science, and how the whole thing even works. Some of us take that opportunity and mete out more information to the masses. The rest? I hope you like jokes, because that’s what the internet does, kids.
I’ve put together a nice mix of both, nice and balanced like the knife Thanos gave to Gamora before he committed genocide.
1969: Margaret Hamilton alongside the code that got us to the moon— Ben Halpern 🤗 (@bendhalpern) April 10, 2019
2019: Katie Bouman alongside the data that got us to the black hole pic.twitter.com/aIPOtdfA3F
How long until the black hole gets milkshake ducked— Dad (@fivefifths) April 10, 2019
Underwhelmed by #blackhole pic? Yes it's huge at ~40 billion km across. But at 55 MILLION LY away, the ring is ~40 μarcsec across. That's ~1/50,000,000 the Moon's diameter! And it's not visible light, it's radio waves. You need to appreciate these limits. Astrophysics is hard.— Sophia Gad-Nasr 🏳️🌈 (@Astropartigirl) April 10, 2019
seeing the 1st picture of a black hole ever taken moodboard pic.twitter.com/jkn8wBTF8A— Maryne. (@MaryneeLahaye) April 10, 2019
Event Horizon Telescope image of a black hole, released 2019. Cover of Soundgarden's album "Superunknown", featuring "Black Hole Sun" released 1994. What am I supposed to do with this information? #BlackHoleDay pic.twitter.com/xpEDGAP43L— Krishna Sai Andavolu (@kandavolu) April 10, 2019
Image sources (in order of posting): Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al, Twitter