Today’s Solutions: October 22, 2021

Oh my, oh my, how far science has come. This week, scientists managed to capture the first-ever images of a black hole that is 55 million light-years from Earth. To get a sense of how difficult it is to take a detailed photo of a black hole, imagine trying to figure out a way to get a close-up shot of a bagel on the surface of the moon. The black hole, which was captured by a network of eight linked telescopes, measures 40 billion kilometers across, meaning it’s three million times the size of the Earth. The epic achievement of capturing a black hole also bolsters Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which describes gravity as a consequence of the warping of space-time. The images of the black hole are quite astounding, but that doesn’t mean the project’s work is done. Apparently, with the help of some algorithms, the scientists should be able to sharpen the existing images to create a cleaner image of the black hole.

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