The Daily Populous

Wednesday April 10th, 2019 evening edition

image for The first picture of a black hole opens a new era of astrophysics

A world-spanning network of telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope zoomed in on the supermassive monster in the galaxy M87 to create this first-ever picture of a black hole.

But some black holes, especially supermassive ones dwelling in galaxies’ centers, stand out by voraciously accreting bright disks of gas and other material.

The EHT image reveals the shadow of M87’s black hole on its accretion disk.

Tiptoe any closer and you’d be inside the black hole — unable to report back on the results of any experiments.

EHT trained its sights on both M87’s black hole and Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

That black hole is 55 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo, about 2,000 times as far as Sgr A*.

Adding more telescopes could allow the team to extend the image, to better capture the jets that spew from the black hole. »

Astronomers Capture First Image of a Black Hole

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Astronomers Capture First Image of a Black Hole.

The image reveals the black hole at the centre of Messier 87 [1], a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster.

[1] The shadow of a black hole is the closest we can come to an image of the black hole itself, a completely dark object from which light cannot escape. »

New gun bill around assault rifles and military-style assault rifles passes third reading, will become law

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In parliament on Wednesday night MPs of all political persuasions overwhelmingly voted in favour of The Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and parts) Amendment Bill after its crucial third reading.

The law, which needs Royal Assent, will become law by the end of the week.

I think all of New Zealand has been impressed by your steadfastness in time of great trial for our country.". »

Trump hotels exempted from ban on foreign payments under new stance

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The justice department stance now closely parallels arguments made in a January 2017 position paper by Trump Organization lawyer Sheri Dillon and several of her law partners.

Instead of defending the republic against foreign influence, the department is defending Trump’s ability to receive money from foreign governments,” Clark added.

These foreign dealings with Trump hotels are exhibit A for many critics of the weak kneed enforcement of the emoluments clause in the Trump era. »

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 'Sec. Nielsen Oversaw One of the Largest-Scale Human Rights Violations in Recent History'

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for her role in President Donald Trump's controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

Nielsen oversaw one of the largest-scale human rights violations in recent history.

Citing anonymous administration officials, The Washington Post reported that Trump had given Miller significant power over immigration and border issues in a recent Oval Office meeting. »