Cosmos Enchants Us All. So Does Its Image.

R. Bhowmik
Apr 18, 2019   •  12 views

Last week, THE BLACK HOLE image, captured a billion eyes and with it a million minds.

Here's some context. (From

In 1783 the original idea of the black hole emerged, John Michell, a Cambridge scientist recognized that a massive enough object in a small enough volume of space would render everything — even light — unable to escape from it. More than a century later, Karl Schwarzschild discovered an exact solution to Einstein's General Relativity that predicted the same result: a black hole.

Come April 10, 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration released the first successful image of a black hole's event horizon. The black hole in question comes from the galaxy Messier 87: the largest and most massive galaxy within our local supercluster of galaxies.

This image.
Beautiful, isn't it? Fascinating too.

Somehow most of us are fascinated by this image, irrespective of whether we understand what a black hole is or does, or more importantly, what is the significance of this image.

But honestly, does it really matter?
What matters is that we have seen Interstellar and we know about black holes, OKAY??
Just kidding.

Interstellar the movie is hugely popular and so is our galaxy.

Why is that? (Did I really ask that?) Okay anyway, let me say -

Because as human beings we've always wondered what lies beyond us, the earth, why we are here specifically, (is time travel possible) and what is the meaning of life.

We have also wondered about aliens and if they'll ever come to visit us! (Gosh, they are taking so long to come over, right?)

These philosophical questions make us think beyond what our job is, career is - because it's universal.

I have often seen people, over many *ahem* drunken nights, talking about the cosmos, that they'd DEFINITELY be an astronaut next life.

Surely, you don't need a degree to ponder about these, you just have to be human. (Maybe dogs too wonder, maybe one-day they'll tell us.)

But again, this image is significant because it makes us see the cosmos through a new lens. At some point in our lives, we have looked up in the night sky and wondered, what lies beyond?

This image might be the starting point of that question.

Let's remind ourselves of a paragraph from a really deep thinker. Read patiently, I think it's really prophetic.

The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of vast a subject... And so this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them ... Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come when the memory of us will have been effaced. Our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has in it something for every age to investigate ... Nature does not reveal her mysteries once and for all..

I mean, wow.

If you really liked it, I suggest you find the author. You'll be enriched by other works.
Or probably I'm going to leave a clue about "him" in my next article.;)

Thank you for your time and
Thank you for reading.



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Akash Sinha  •  5y  •  Reply
Rather than being just a write-up, it was like an interactive session. Well written and the emotional connection was active throughout. Well done!