Today we are expecting two very exciting events in space exploration and understanding.
SpaceX will attempt its second launch (and its first commercial launch), and we are expecting the announcement of the first pictures of an actual blackhole. Being able to see these events brings home the importance of visuals in our understanding of space and our desire to understand space...
Perfect time to share a small quote from a column by Priyamvada Natarajan.
She is a professor of astronomy and physics at Yale and the author of “Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos.”
"This happened more than 400 years ago, when Galileo presented six watercolor images of the moon as he saw it through his repurposed spyglass — which we now know as a telescope. It happened about 200 years later, when Louis Daguerre made the first astronomical photograph — also of the moon. And it happened in 1990, with the first image of the infant universe, taken by a NASA satellite, and in 2017, with the Hubble Space Telescope’s images of clusters of galaxies.
On Wednesday, images from the Event Horizon Telescope have the potential to redefine the cosmos once again, and prompt wonder and curiosity about our place in it."