Over 29 days last spring, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity documented this 360-degree panorama from multiple images taken at what would become its final resting spot in Perseverance Valley. (NASA)
Event Horizon Telescope team:
• Black hole pictured weighs 6.5 billion times more than the sun
• Material moving around the black hole accelerated to light speeds
The black hole lies about 55 million light-years from Earth. Countless black holes are now thought to exist in the universe, including an estimated 100 million in our galaxy alone. Astronomers say none are near enough to Earth to pose a threat.
IMO I think people don't appreciate just how MUCH MORE data is in the second photo. Like, think of the old quote:
Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.
Computer Networks, 3rd ed., p. 83. (paraphrasing Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, University of Toronto Computing Services (UTCS) circa 1985)
Your quote is quite appropriate, since the amount of data was so huge that in order to generate the bandwidth they required for this kind of project, they literally had to fly hard drives back and forth by plane.
It was a nice looking launch. I got super busy this evening and didn't quite have enough time to get set to get a picture. The neat thing was that I was able to coordinate with my cousin in Charleston so that she was able to see the landing burn.