So we’ve heard of the most destructive thing in the universe. It’s a black hole. We have heard of the mysterious and destructive hole for years. And now we finally have a photo of it after what most people thought it was unfathomable that we’d ever see one. According to The New York Times:
Astronomers announced on Wednesday that at last they had observed the unobserveable: a black hole, a cosmic abyss so deep and dense that not even light can escape it.
“We have seen what we thought was unseeable,” said Shep Doeleman, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and director of the effort to capture the image, during a Wednesday news conference in Washington, D.C.
The image, of a lopsided ring of light surrounding a dark circle deep in the heart of the galaxy known as Messier 87, some 55 million light-years away from Earth, resembled the Eye of Sauron, a reminder yet again of the power and malevolence of nature. It is a smoke ring framing a one-way portal to eternity.
There it is. Doesn’t look as dangerous or ominous as you’d imagine. Think about it for a moment, that is the most dangerous thing not in the whole world, not in the whole solar system, not in the whole galaxy but in the whole entire universe. Cool.