2019’s sure been a year. For South Africa, that means extreme highs and depressing lows, but one things for sure, the country didn’t stop…
The National Science Foundation has released the first ever image of a black hole, showing the world what the mysterious phenomenon looks like in outer space.
— National Science Foundation (@NSF) April 10, 2019
The blurry image, which is making science history, was captured by an Event Horizon Telescope — collection of eight, in fact — designed especially for black hole imaging.
“This black hole resides 55-million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5-billion times that of the Sun,” the foundation explained on its website.
Though scientists everywhere are celebrating, Twitter took a slightly different turn and compared the orange ring to the Eye of Sauron form The Lord of the Rings.
— Elco Smits (@Elco_Smits) April 10, 2019
— Simon Cooper (@coopermatic) April 10, 2019
— Filip (@filipxos) April 10, 2019
— 𝘍𝘶𝘯𝘬𝘺 𝘚𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦 (@DigitalAbdullah) April 10, 2019
— Shadow_Noir (@ShadowNoir2) April 10, 2019
— NoleMan (@NoleMan22) April 10, 2019
— Rebecca (@bex2188) April 10, 2019
One Ring to rule the entire universe, perhaps?
Feature image: National Science Foundation