When ancient astronomers looked up to the skies, they found comfort in knowing that the stars and the planets would remain unchanging; they were anchored foundations that represented stability in the universe… but not for long.
Alright this will be my final post on black holes, I promise. Unless you want more, that is? Actually that’s a silly question, of course you’d like more. But unfortunately you’re not getting any, so make sure you savour this one. It’s going to be… astronomical… (I’ll see myself out).
Two weeks ago today, we explored the beautiful enigmas that are the black holes. We now have a basic understanding of what exactly they are, and have learnt of the scientific community’s recent efforts towards imaging the area around a black hole for the first time in history. Let’s now take a look at how the black hole came to be there and what it likes to do in its spare time, shall we?
Last night, I quickly had a look at the weather forecast for today. It confidently reassured me that there would be a bright, sunlit morning with a 5% chance of rainy spells. Of course, I had no doubt in my mind that the forecast was telling the truth. In the morning, I awoke with a large yawn and a badly-needed stretch. As I got up to draw back the curtains and admire the sunshine, I felt a sharp chill creep up my spine. “Hmm, it’s oddly cold in here”, I thought. Throwing back the curtains in vivid anticipation, my eyes flinched at the glare. My garden was covered edge to edge in a thick layer of bright, white snow. Just as predicted, right?