The first ever image of a black hole, or Sauron’s eye? Twitter debates

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.

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.

One Ring to rule the entire universe, perhaps?

Feature image: National Science Foundation

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