black hole first image
Source: Event Horion Telescope

10 Perfect Reactions to the First Ever Image of a Black Hole

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Apr. 10 2019, Published 12:44 p.m. ET

In a news conference on April 10, scientists unveiled the first ever photo of a black hole, or rather the event horizon of a black hole. The image is the result of two years of work with observations made with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), and is currently the strongest evidence to date proving the existence of black holes.

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The image of Sagittarius-A, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, was met by gasps and applause when unveiled at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. as well as at five other venues around the world. And to the public at large, it has garnered some pretty hilarious reactions about the gravity of this discovery. Pun very much intended.

Let's dispense with the obvious observation first...

black hole eye of sauron

This thing 100 percent looks like the Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings. Even reports from papers of record like the New York Times couldn't help but make that observation. As if a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy wasn't scary enough, now we gotta think of it as all-seeing eyes of the Dark Lord?

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It also confirms Homer Simpson is an idiot savant of astrophysics.

homer simpson stephen hawking

Remember when Homer met Stephen Hawking? Over a couple pints of Duff at Moe's, Stephen and Homer talked astrophysics theory. "Wow, I can't believe someone I never heard of is hanging out with a guy like me."

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Speaking of Homer...

homer simpson black hole

The black holes targeted by researchers possess masses several billion times that of our sun, but if anyone could consume a donut that big, it's Homer Simpson.

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Others saw the 'Heroes' logo.

heroes black hole

Save the cheerleader, save the world. 

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WiFi issues of scientific breakthrough?

loading image black hole

Anyone who's ever waited for an image to load with a bad internet connection can relate to the time-sucking nature of this particular black hole image.

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Comedians had jokes.

amber ruffin black hole


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#nofilter

black hole instagram

The Royal Institution poked a bit of fun at themselves by showing this side by side of their artistic impression of a black hole vs. what the EHT was able to show us. 

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Jokes aside, this is a pretty stunning reveal.

black hole explanation

Astrophysicist Catherine Q. explains that we're not actually seeing the event horizon but the black hole's shadow. As for the bright ring, that's light bending around the black hole's gravity. 

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To understand how really amazing this discovery is, watch this astrophysicist's live reaction:

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