When scientists said this week that they had taken the very first photo of a black hole, Milind Deora saw an opportunity.
By Thursday evening, the arresting image of a dark center surrounded by a ring of light — “the eye of Sauron”, some said — was staring back at visitors to the Congressman’s Twitter page. From a meme.
And to the right was a photo of a man who has been photographed more often — Arvind Sawant, the Shiv Sena MP from Mumbai South, who Deora is trying to oust in the Lok Sabha election on April 29.
So, why the juxtaposition? Well, this was Milind Deora’s one-line accusation: “Things seen for the first time in 2019.”
Take a look.
Things seen for the first time in 2019… pic.twitter.com/eaR7R6bBxH
Milind Deora (@milinddeora) April 11, 2019
Not everyone who saw the meme was amused. Here’s how one Twitter user retorted.
AnaghaAcharya (@AnaghaAcharya) April 11, 2019
Campaign sparring aside, the fact that we now have a photograph of a black hole, a fascinating celestial entity whose gravitational field swallows even light, is a pretty big deal.
It validates Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which he proposed in 1915 to explain the laws of gravity and their relation to other natural forces. The existence of black holes was first predicted the following year.
“The image has this exquisite beauty in its simplicity,” said Michael Johnson, an astrophysicist. “It is just a fundamental statement about nature.”
“It’s a really moving demonstration of just what humanity is capable of.”
Inputs from Reuters
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