How is that black hole pic NASA scientists took and published on April 10, 2019 going to benefit us?

Reply Wed 19 Jun, 2019 09:49 pm
Hi. I am sure folks here recall hearing about that black hole pic NASA scientists took and published back on April 10, 2019:



According to what I read online, this pic proves that Einstein's theory of relativity is correct.

There's lots more links to articles about the pic out there.

How is this pic going to benefit us in the long run?

Please help- thank you.
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Reply Thu 20 Jun, 2019 12:42 am
We don't fully know how this will help us in the long run, the same way that people didn't know that the work of Charles Babbage and his difference engine would lead to you and me talking on the internet today.
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Reply Fri 21 Jun, 2019 11:01 pm
I asked the topic question here:


The best answer given was:

"It wasn't taken by NASA, it was taken by a group called the Event Horizon Telescope. NASA just published reports about it, like any other scientific organization, they found this fascinating too, but they weren't directly involved.

As for how the picture will help us in the long run, it'll increase the power and resolution of our telescopes, and make it easier to take very long distance pictures of objects without having to build ever more massive telescopes, when we could instead just combine a bunch of smaller scopes together into a virtual array.

It also proves General Relativity right, yet again. Which means that our understanding of physics is on the right track. The more we understand physics, the more we can manipulate it to do things useful to us (i.e. technology)."
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Reply Fri 21 Jun, 2019 11:02 pm
If you read the full story you begin to realize that this picture is drawn by a computer. Well, I want you to know that somebody had to tell the computer what to draw, so the picture is exactly whatever somebody ASSUMED it should be. Scientists ASSUMED it would be a picture of a black hole and they instructed the computer to draw what they ASSUMED a black hole should look like.

ALL that work and they haven't learned anything from it. All they have is an expensive picture of their ASSUMPTIONS. There are other things in space that could have given the same picture, but they refuse to consider those things because their minds are already made up.
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