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From X-Men to Brexit: How did Twitter react to the first image of a black hole?

The space phenomenon is reportedly three million times the size of Earth.

The first ever image of a black hole (Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration)
The first ever image of a black hole (Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration)

The first ever picture of a black hole predictably prompted hilarity on social media.

The image – obtained by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration – was captured using eight radio dishes around the world combined into one global telescope, and the result was this:

Social media was fascinated by the image, but that didn’t stop many sharing some of their favourite jokes about the scientific breakthrough.

Some couldn’t help but see the Eye of Sauron, thanks to the glowing effect created by the Event Horizon.

Meanwhile the X-Men franchise got in on the fun as well, referencing their forthcoming release Dark Phoenix.

One Twitter user even saw the Firefox logo within the light-sucking mass.

The danger posed by a black hole was not lost on some; @TheTweetOfGod reminding everyone of the possibility of being sucked inside.

Meanwhile others wondered how the human race had achieved such a feat before the UK had achieved Brexit.

In an age of selfies and photo-sharing websites, the blurry nature of the black hole was brought into question.


And The Museum of English Rural Life seemed to prove that there could be something for everyone lurking in the centre of the darkness.



From Belfast Telegraph