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Black hole image sparks Internet memes, unsavoury behaviour and a Google Doodle

12 Apr 2019, 14:36 UTC
Black hole image sparks Internet memes, unsavoury behaviour and a Google Doodle
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Pi day is on 14 March while 31 October marks dark-matter day, but surely 10 April is now set to become “black hole day” following the landmark publication of the first-ever image of a black hole. Taking hundreds of astronomers belonging to the Event Horizon Telescope years to painstakingly piece together, the blob-like picture is likely to become an iconic image of modern science.
You can can find out all about the discovery by reading our news story, watching our video as well as listening to Physics World journalists discuss the results, which have been published in a special issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters.
The finding made it onto most newspaper front pages the next day and for those in the UK it almost eclipsed the latest Brexit news. Although the Metro newspaper cunningly combined the two with the image accompanied by “What Brexit looks like from space”.

Thursday's front page:As EU dictates Britain's futureWHAT BREXITLOOKS LIKEFROM SPACE#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #skypapers pic.twitter.com/vZ1dzsFQX4
— Metro Newspaper UK (@MetroUKNews) April 10, 2019

While some claimed — much to the dismay of many — that the image wasn’t that impressive, it was perfect fodder for an Internet meme. Hundreds duly obliged by creating and ...

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