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    Black hole - Messier 87.jpg
    "Something into which stuff goes and never returns."
    Professor Avery Broderick - April 10, 2019

    On April 10th, 2019, the University of Waterloo revealed the first image of a black hole. In what was the culmination of two decades of work by a global team, working in collaboration to interpret the images from Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Professor Avery Broderick of the University of Waterloo and associate faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, said “This first image is beautiful and a profound moment in science – it’s the first time we’ve seen the unseeable.”

    In a short video released as part of a press release, Broderick described the black hole as "quite literally what you would think of when you hear the word[s] "black hole": the ultimate cosmic prison. "Something into which stuff goes and never returns."

    The image relaunched an existing trope of using black holes as a superlative metaphor for people, events or ideas which are energy, money, attention or resource hungry, such that they swallow everything in their path; that are so complex and confusing as to be impenetrable (like black holes themselves); that are shrouded in obscurity, secrecy or uncertainty; or which tend towards inescapable oblivion.

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