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These are very exciting times for science. It is so neat what we are discovering every day.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on September 22, 2017 at 8:41 AM | link to this | reply

can we throw select people into the black hole?  

posted by -blackcat on September 22, 2017 at 7:26 AM | link to this | reply

I find this fascinating. Confusing, but fascinating. I know people who

function like black holes, where no light ever escapes and getting too close will get you absorbed by a singularity. Interesting as the study of the universe and how the physics work, I am not interested in an exploratory mission to actually observe a real black hole - I'm fairly convinced there's no safe approach.

posted by Pat_B on September 22, 2017 at 5:04 AM | link to this | reply

Wow.  Between the two of you I think I'm getting a headache (smile)... I think I will need to read both the post and the comment several times...! xx

posted by mneme on September 22, 2017 at 1:14 AM | link to this | reply

Nautikos

A fun post, this is. The EHT is focusing on two targets, giving us twice the chance of not only seeing an almost shadow of part of a black hole, but two of them? Good thinking. Will we get results from both at the same time, do ya' think? Naw! And the chance to investigate and peek at parts of the disk behind the black hole because of space-time curvature is amazing! But what is just as exciting as the concept of an actual view of the event horizon or the disk is, to me, seeing what exactly (or not exactly) a very strong space-time curvature will do to our concept of the vision or images we receive, and how those images will be perceived/interpreted, allowing for the distortion. Do I have that sorta right? :) Now I have to ask this: why do accretion disks emit light, and at that, a light strong enough to reach our telescopes? Does anyone know? Thanks, Naut!

posted by RPresta on September 21, 2017 at 8:41 PM | link to this | reply

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