A Fine Messier Mess

A Fine Messier Mess

Black Hole Revealed

On April 10, 2019, scientists unveiled an image of a supermassive black hole. Resembling a circular void surrounded by a lopsided ring of light, this is the world’s first glimpse of a black hole’s silhouette; a picture that creeps right up to the inescapable edge of the black hole’s maw.

 

No one really knows what, if anything, is at the core of a black hole.

Thar She Blows

Thar She Blows

Call me Trishmael.

Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation.

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off–then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.