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Best black hole memes: Is it the Eye of Sauron? A donut? Your cat's eye?

Best black hole memes: Is it the Eye of Sauron? A donut? Your cat's eye?

A black hole has been captured for the first time, and it’s blowing up the internet.

A collection of 200 scientists just released an image of a black hole – once thought to be unphotographable – following a decade of tedious work. The image was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope, named for the point at which nothing can escape the gravitational pull of a black hole.

The Event Horizon isn’t one telescope; it’s eight radio telescopes around the globe. By combining their power, scientists created a super telescope that, starting in 2017, could focus in on a blackhole in the M87 galaxy. This black hole has a mass 6.5-billion times that of the Sun and is larger than the orbit Neptune makes around our star. Scientists needed supercomputers to analyze 5,000 trillion bytes of data that the telescope collected on this giant black hole.

From there, an imaging algorithm developed by MIT graduate Katie Bouman pieced together a final, single photograph that – once and for all – confirmed Einstein’s theory of General Relativity (the first to posit the existence of black holes). “We have seen what we thought was unseeable, we have seen and taken a picture of a black hole,” said Sheperd Doeleman, the director of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, in a statement.

The image, of course, is now a viral sensation. Within minutes of hitting the web, memes began to surface — from comparisons to the legendary Eye of Sauron in the Lord of the Rings, to the inevitable Trump association. Here are some of the best black hole memes we’ve spotted so far.

Best black hole memes



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