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2:09 pm on Apr 10, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Astronomers have released the first ever image of a black hole, and they describe it as "a monster".

"What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System," he said.

"It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe."

[bbc.co.uk...]
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Big data baby! Check out the photo about 2/3 down in the article that shows the array (8 racks) of hard-drives needed to hold all the data that was collected by the 12 telescopes.

The information they gathered was too much to be sent across the internet. Instead, the data was stored on hundreds of hard drives that were flown to a central processing centres in Boston, US, and Bonn, Germany, to assemble the information. Prof Doeleman described the achievement as "an extraordinary scientific feat".


It is amazing how what seems on the surface to be a somewhat trivial photograph (this by no means trivial), is really the culmination of years of research and multidisciplinary team work.
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Ah, so that's what xkcd was going on about last week [xkcd.com].

Prof Doeleman described the achievement as "an extraordinary scientific feat".
I hope someone pointed out to the bbc's editors--the people who decide which sentences in an article go in which order, and where to put the paragraph breaks--that putting a bunch of HDs on a plane is not really that impressive. Why, I could do it myself.
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that putting a bunch of HDs on a plane is not really that impressive. Why, I could do it myself.
Nothing was said anywhere about the drives being put on a plane. So I think the impressive feat was that the hard drives were flown WITHOUT a plane. Or that the pilots were able to fly the entire way without falling off their individual hard drive.
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Hundreds of hard drives on a plane? Now that's real sneakernet.
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"It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun."
I picture 6.5 billion suns stuffed into my glove box, plus, my owner's manual... so, kind of dense in there.