Event Horizon Telescope

Unprecedented photo of black hole gets meme’d to the moon

Is that a... glazed donut?


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 10, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 3:11 pm CDT

We knew of the existence of black holes—objects in the universe that absorb everything around them and let nothing escape, even light. But until Wednesday, we didn’t have photographic proof. This morning, astronomers released the first image of a black hole, which is centered in a galaxy known as Messier 87.

The image was captured using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a collection of eight telescopes from around the world, and shows light bending around the black hole. While the science community is thrilled, others are taking the opportunity to make memes out of this historic event.

Upon seeing this image, several people thought: “hey, this looks like a glazed donut.”

Other memes referenced films like 2001: A Space Odyssey.

And the jokes took off from there.

If the thought of this black hole swallowing everything up is terrifying to you, take comfort in the fact that it’s 55 million light-years away from our planet. But there’s still the unsettling fact that this beast is 6.5-billion times the mass of the sun. Yep. Thinking about donuts is making that information a little easier to parse.


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*First Published: Apr 10, 2019, 11:41 am CDT