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Azervux
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« on: April 13, 2019, 03:05:10 PM »

On April 10th 2019, the first ever picture of a black hole was released to the public. It was from the galaxy M87 (55 billion light years from the Earth) and was around the size our own galaxy and 6 billion times the mass of the Sun. Astrologist, due to the limits of refraction, had to use 8 telescopes pointed in the same general direction, taken to account the rotation of the Earth, in order to produce the image. Even then. despite its size, due to its position, the event horizon, only consisted of 50 micro arc seconds (taken with a lens that was proportional to the size of the Earth, using the method of multiple telescopes), hence why the image ended up being as blurry as it is.
What thoughts are raging through your mind, after this discovery?

To read more about this discovery, you can visit this website:
https://eventhorizontelescope.org
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2019, 09:14:48 PM »

That's a big butthole.
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 07:52:35 PM »

It's been an exciting few years for astronomy and space exploration photography.  Putting a lander on a comet, new pictures of Pluto, and now this.  Each of these landmark discoveries and accomplishments in imaging are changing the textbooks and how we view our cosmos.
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2019, 10:26:18 PM »

An amazing photo of one of the most powerful bodies in space. Despite times often being chaotic, it truly is an amazing time to be alive. I'm continually astounded by the latest discoveries throughout all disciplines. Hopefully, I'll still be around when the next WOW signal comes through and is verified to be an answer on one of the most important questions to humanity.
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