"Black Hole Messier 87" by Event Horizon Telescope / CC BY 3.0

What We Learned in Space and Astronomy News in 2019

Dec 23, 2019

By The New York Times

It’s not easy to say that any particular space or astronomy development was the most important in a given year. But if we had to choose some highlights, we’d opt for these unforgettable events and findings.

You’ve seen black holes in science fiction movies and in illustrator’s impressions. But until the morning of April 10, you never saw what a black hole really looks like. And then there it was, the monstrous void at the middle of the galaxy Messier 87, staring back at you like the eye of Sauron.

The story of how one astronomer, Katie Bouman, became the face of the quest to visualize the singularity, was a good yarn, too.

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