On Wednesday morning, the National Science Foundation and the Event Horizon Telescope group revealed the first recorded image of a black hole, and it only took seconds for the memes to follow.
Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun pic.twitter.com/AymXilKhKe
— Event Horizon ‘Scope (@ehtelescope) April 10, 2019
The memes came fast and furious, basically as soon as the stunning image hit the web.
But perhaps the most pervasive meme was comparing the M87 black hole to the legendary Eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings books and films.
There’s still a lot to learn about what, exactly, we’re looking at in this image. But it’s safe to say that it’s probably not really the Eye of Sauron.