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Astronomers took stunning new pic of a black hole. The memes instantly followed.

Stunning? Yes. Funny? Of course.
By Tim Marcin  on 

In a stunning feat, astronomers managed to snap a photo of the black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.

The feat was impressive: Even light can't escape a black hole, making the objects invisible. Yet scientists managed to image the superhot debris surrounding its shadowy center using eight radio dishes from around the globe that were linked together. In effect, they made an Earth-sized virtual telescope.

Here's the photo, courtesy of the Event Horizon Telescope.

What an amazing feat. Truly stunning.

The internet, of course, had jokes and memes. Because that is what the internet does. Almost immediately the picture of the black hole, called Sagittarius A*, became the subject of memes and jokes. And honestly, the were pretty funny.

I mean come on, some of these are great.

The photo of Sagittarius A* was the second image of a black hole snapped by the Event Horizon Telescope. The first image dropped in 2019, showing the black hole at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy, aka M87.

And in case you were wondering, folks also made memes incorporating that black hole as well. Because people online can always find a good joke.

It truly was a great day for space. It was also a great day to laugh at space jokes online. Not bad, overall.

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