Today is a historic day for science. We just photographed our first black hole, an object that is supposed to be ‘unobservable’.
Thanks to an MIT grad student Katie Bouman who developed the algorithm used for the Event Horizon Telescope, we now have the first look at a blackhole which is 55 million light years away.
Lets take a look at this remarkable woman who made this discovery possible:
Congratulations to Katie Bouman to whom we owe the first photograph of a black hole ever. Not seeing her name circulate nearly enough in the press.
Amazing work. And here’s to more women in science (getting their credit and being remembered in history) 💥🔥☄️ pic.twitter.com/wcPhB6E5qK
— Tamy Emma Pepin (@TamyEmmaPepin) April 10, 2019
How it Happened
Initially, the Event Horizon Telescope was used to collect the data about the black hole. This is no ordinary telescope, since it involves an array of eight radio telescopes around the world working together to create the image (imagine a telescope which is present all around the Earth).
3 years ago MIT grad student Katie Bouman led the creation of a new algorithm to produce the first-ever image of a black hole.
Today, that image was released.
More info: https://t.co/WITAL1omGl
— MIT CSAIL (@MIT_CSAIL) April 10, 2019
Katie Bouman helped develop the algorithm for thehelped create the image of the black hole and led testing for verification of the images.
Now people are talking about how this will impact Albert Einstein’s theories of gravity and relativity.
Computer scientist Katie Bouman and her awesome stack of hard drives for #EHTblackhole image data 😍 — reminds me of Margaret Hamilton and her Apollo Guidance Computer source code. 👩🏽🔬 pic.twitter.com/MgOXiDCAKi
— Flora Graham (@floragraham) April 10, 2019
Oh and guess what? This black hole photo has gone viral and is now the next runaway meme.
Celebratory Meme Fest
Good news or bad, social media has already turned it into a meme.
Some people pointed out how the black hole looks like
Followed by pop culture references:
— Froot 💀 VSHOJO (@LichVtuber) April 10, 2019
— CORSAIR (@CORSAIR) April 10, 2019
— Alex The JPEG (@AlexTheJPEG) April 10, 2019
— Madi (@madddssss132) April 10, 2019
— Sam Luca Leven (@SaiLuca) April 11, 2019
Then we had these everyday memes:
— TangierCurtain (@yaarwtf) April 10, 2019
— Inglorious Potato (@AhsanRohan25) April 10, 2019
— Cup Shup (@CupShup_pk) April 11, 2019
This one’s straight out of a Constantine comic:
— Karma the Deermin (@KarmaTheDeermin) April 11, 2019
And then there’s this. We may have already found a more ‘economic way’ of discovering black holes near us:
Pakistani student photographs black hole with home made setup connected to cloud based super computer.
Also shares his BTS rig details.
Our land has such hidden gems, MashaAllah. pic.twitter.com/kScWZOFSJk
— Shehryar Hydri (@sheryhydri) April 10, 2019
Even big companies are getting into this meme fest. Here’s Pepsi with its marketing ploy featuring everyone’s favorite meme:
— Pepsi (@pepsi) April 10, 2019
Live Savers (which really looks similar to a Polo here) also had one:
— Max the Intern (@_maxtheintern) April 11, 2019
This is an interesting way of looking to the past and the present:
In light of today's #BlackHole photo, I would like to share the difference between a 1994 image of Pluto and a 2018 one.
Tech progresses fast, who knows what images we'll have of space in 24 years…. pic.twitter.com/9hFOrbSjRJ
— Humech 🎮🎙🏳️🌈 (@humechgames) April 11, 2019
In the end, this day has given us both the first photo of a black hole and a black hole meme (we’ll be using this all year long like that angry Arab man meme).