The first black hole photo has already inspired the best space-themed memes
11 April 2019, 17:51
The very first image of a black hole, made possible by Dr. Katie Bouman's algorithm, has inspired a flurry of space related memes.
A huge scientific milestone in the study of astronomy has already been memed thanks to the internet's ability to joke about literally anything. The first ever image of a black hole was widely shared this week, thanks to the work of The National Science Foundation and Dr. Katie Bouman, the scientist who developed the algorithm that made the image possible.
The black hole from the galaxy Messier 87 got the meme treatment here on Earth shortly after its internet debut.
The black hole photo has some pretty distinct features, including a golden orange ring that reminded people on the internet of a ton of different things.
The first image of a black hole became a meme as people compared it to things like food.
Higher resolution picture of the black hole. Wow. Really beautiful. https://t.co/bJyagd4Jxi— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) April 10, 2019
And there were plenty of pop culture references thrown into the mix.
I made this thinking it would be funny but now I'm on the verge of a panic attack pic.twitter.com/oF17MOOBvt— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) April 10, 2019
humans in a billion years when they see a blackhole about to consume earth: pic.twitter.com/3y56nxwLsj— tomy (@upandcummer) April 11, 2019
*sees black hole minding its business*— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) April 10, 2019
SOLAR SYSTEM SANDY: pic.twitter.com/B8YxBkBgKn
Have you tried zooming out?
Not wishing to detract from the teams efforts, but did the team photographing the black hole consider zooming out?— Brian Whelton (@brianwhelton) April 11, 2019
Fortunately I did, and this was the result... pic.twitter.com/7mFtTfHs98
The internet's reaction to the image was also memed.
scientists: spends years trying to take a photo of a black hole— smoked salmon (@_s_alman_) April 11, 2019
everyone: why is it so blurry lol
Me seeing the picture of the black hole pic.twitter.com/jmxreIbTQR— ned riseley (@nriseley) April 10, 2019
Does a black hole seem like the internet's usual meme fodder? Not necessarily. But never underestimate people's ability to have fun with a major scientific breakthrough.