Yesterday, scientists working with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) released the first ever image of a black hole's event horizon. The news was met with much excitement around the world.
Here we compiled the reactions of the scientific community to the never-before-seen image.
1. Neil de Grasse Tyson reminded people about global warming
The famed astrophysicist took the time to remind people that scientists should be taken seriously all the time whether they are releasing fun or worrisome news.
SCIENTISTS: “We’ve produced the first-ever image of a supermassive Black Hole, 55-million light years away”— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 10, 2019
SCIENTISTS: “We’ve concluded that humans are catastrophically warming Earth”
RESPONSE: “That conflicts with what I want to be true, so it must be false”
2. Bill Nye, the science guy, was impressed
The popular mechanical engineer shared the news with the simple caption: "How can we see a star that gives off no light of its own? Take a look."
How can we see a star that gives off no light of its own? Take a look. https://t.co/URyUzyh1mM— Bill Nye (@BillNye) April 10, 2019
3. Brian Greene reminded people of Einstein's equation
The physicist was tweeting about the event the day before. "Most exciting possibility: The image does not fully agree with the prediction from Einstein's general relativity, perhaps forcing us to modify Einstein's equations," had written the scientist. Impressively, Einstein's equation held up.
Event Horizon Telescope reveals first ever direct image of a black hole. Einstein's equations seem to triumph once again. pic.twitter.com/T1v2u445Xv— Brian Greene (@bgreene) April 10, 2019
4. Astronaut Tim Peake marveled at the achievement
ESA astronaut and test pilot Tim Peake took the opportunity to remind us that the black hole was 6.5 billion times more massive than our Sun.
What an iconic image - a supermassive black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun. Congratulations @ehtelescope, @NSF and all the teams involved #EHTBlackHole https://t.co/AIKVaWEq9k— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) April 10, 2019
5. Robbert Dijkgraaf reminded us that history was made
The Director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Robbert Dijkgraaf reminded everyone that this was a truly historic event.
First impressions matter. There is only one time in the history of our planet that we see an image of a black hole for the first time. Today is that moment. What a spectacular success for science. Congratulations to the #EHTblackhole team! pic.twitter.com/lcA2j5lAFU— Robbert Dijkgraaf (@RHDijkgraaf) April 10, 2019
6. Janna Levin was amazed
The astrophysicist and author could not hold back her excitement. "Wow people. Wow," she wrote.
It's not Sagittarius A*! It's M87! Sagittarius A* is the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way. The image they've shown us is the supermassive black hole in a neighboring galaxy M87, 55 million light years away. Wow people. Wow. A better image to follow... pic.twitter.com/bz8lT8rdoX— Janna Levin (@JannaLevin) April 10, 2019
7. Brian Wecht was inspired
The theoretical physicist shared what got him interested in science as a child, and it turns out it is events like this.
8. Katie Mack shared more useful info
The astrophysicist and cosmologist shared some more useful info on the event analyzing every aspect of it. The thread is definitely worth a read.
9. Derek Muller made an educated guess about the image
Veritasium's Muller had already attempted to guess what the black hole might look like and he got pretty close.