Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The "Heart" Of Darkness?

Black holes are the stuff of science, science fiction, and even fantasy, but they are real. Until now, however, no one has ever seen one. Until now:

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On Wednesday, the Event Horizon Telescope released the first-ever image of a black hole — a historic moment shared by scientists spread across seven simultaneous news conferences around the world. As the PBS NewsHour reported Tuesday, the Event Horizon Telescope is a two-year-old, international collaboration bent on capturing direct pictures of black holes:

Two years ago, an international collective of scientists joined forces to take pictures of two black holes located at the centers of galaxies.

Scientists at eight radio telescopes observatories — stretching from Hawaii to Greenland to the French Alp to Antarctica — captured images of one black hole in our Milky Way — known as Sagittarius A* — and one in a nearby galaxy called M87, over the course of a week in April 2017. (The PBS NewsHour visited one in Chile when the project was still under discussion).

By linking together, the scientists created, in essence, a planet-sized telescope built to scan massive parts of the skies.

The concept of black holes has captivated scientists for two centuries. Despite decades of indirect evidence supporting their existence, black holes have never been captured by camera — until now. Scientists hope to use the image to probe the origins of our universe.

My friend Stacey saw this before I did and immediately made the comparison to a myocardial perfusion scan, in this case demonstrating an anterior wall defect:

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Truly, the "Heart of Darkness"! Ah, if we could only look into the soul with as much insight...

The images of Pluto had already suggested to me that G-d plays games with us:

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Now I know it's true!

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