Holy $%#t! We have a photo of a black hole. Mind. Blown. If you haven’t heard or you still have your head buried in political news (or under a rock), a group of astrophysicists have captured an image of a black hole merely 55 million light years away. Proving that this matter gobbling object that light can’t even escape really does exist.
Ok, for some people this space stuff is rather boring but for me, it makes my heart flutter. A few months ago I was reading Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson (which I am still reading because I read like a snail) and I remembered Einstein pondering the existence of a black hole via the theory of general relativity in 1915. Yup, in 1915 when the life expectancy was 48, most people didn’t own a bathtub, and doctors were prescribing heroin regularly this guy was stretching his brain to the limits of the universe.
Zoom to today and Ms. Katie Bouman, a computer scientist and researcher, has lead the way to capture the first image of a black hole. What a great name... It took her team 5,000,000 gigabytes of storage and 10 years of planning to get this image. She’s been quoted as saying “I go after problems that excite me.”
So let’s reflect for a moment, just like Einstein did back in the day, Katie and her people are creating their own news from curiousity. What thrills me about this is that they are using their imagination to create good news. They haven’t allowed themselves to become so engrossed in bad news to a point that wastes their precious minutes on earth like many of us do. They made a choice to add positivity to our world just like we can all do and you don’t have to be an astrophysicist to do so.
My biggest take on this black hole event is to encourage you to stop reading the bad news and go out and create the good news. Or in this case, great, earth-shattering news. So go, do, create.