Science FTW: First photos of a black hole released

We've known they existed since at least the 1979 Disney film, cleverly titled The Black Hole, but now we finally have photographic proof.

And for good measure, here's the trailer of The Black Hole, which was totally NOT a Star Wars ripoff:

Whether or not you're a "science person", this is pretty exciting news ā€” even if the pictures themselves sadly don't reveal an intergalactic ship permanently caught in the event horizon.

So who's the lucky hole? (Don't utter that phrase out of context, please.)

It's a supermassive bad ass at the center of Messier 87, a galaxy in Virgo constellation.

Radio telescopes who linked up around the world to provide the firepower to pull these images together. Of course, what we're actually seeing is the event horizon surrounding the black hole, where spacetime and light itself is being sucked in to oblivion, only to be farted out as radiation. Some call this Hawking Radiation, but we're calling it what it is: a galactic fart.


Once we finally got images of living giant squids, science decided a black hole would be the next step. Up next? Hard to say, but we're thinking Banksy should be watching his back.

Anyways, enjoy these fuzzy images of a black hole before we're all eventually sucked into one and have our molecules turned into spaghetti.

James K.

James K.

Founder of Classic Nerd and grumpy old dude. All opinions are mine and are always right.