Tomorrow, astronomers and physicists from around the word will convene in Tucson, Arizona to discuss the Event Horizon Telescope Project — a global network of 50 radio telescopes that together could soon enable us to photograph the black hole at the center of our galaxy.
“What is great about the [black hole] in the center of the Milky Way is that [it is] big enough and close enough,” explains astronomer Dan Marrone, who co-organized the international meeting with astrophysicist Dimitrios Psaltis. “There are bigger ones in other galaxies, and there are closer ones, but they’re smaller. Ours is just the right combination of size and distance.”
Having said that, it’s still going to take just about everything we’ve got to get our black hole in-frame.
“To see something that small and that far away, you need a very big telescope, and the biggest telescope you can make on Earth is to turn the whole planet into a telescope,” Marrone said.
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This is storytelling at its finest and its darkest, but Auslander’s wry sense of humor and delivery give the heaviness of the situation a light touch. For those of you with delicate sensibility about the Holocaust or profane language, be forewarned. He does swear a few times and is brutally honest about his visit to a concentration camp in Germany. His ending is worth it and his point all the more salient because of this humorous approach.
Some people have a way of bringing laughter to deep, painful sorrow - but not in a way that ignores or diminishes the reality of that sorrow. It’s like some people have this ability to see the microscopic punchlines and jokes even in the darkest of places. Writer Shalom Auslander has this ability. Here, he tells a live story with The Moth in NYC about his reluctant trip to a WWII death camp. And if you like this, you can hear more stories from him on This American Life, read more stories in his (amazing) books & articles, or listen to him talk with Terry.
~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Louis and Lucille Armstrong, Egypt, 1961.
Asia! What an amazing trip I had there. For those of you who don’t know, I just got back from my first promo trip in Asia. I went to Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia. Each place was different and loaded with culture! It was amazing to see how different and also how similar the countries are to America.The food was amazing too! Lots of spicy sauces, I was afraid to try a lot of them. Too spicy for me! I think the best thing about going, was to meet and see all the fans! I loved seeing how dedicated, loyal, and polite they all were. It was crazy, because the album had only come out a couple weeks before I came and they knew all the words to every song! It was crazy. Another cool thing was that I got to play all acoustic sets; just me and the piano. That was really great because it kept the show intimate. I was sad to leave Asia but I hope to come back very soon. To all the fans there, I love you all and I will see you soon!!!