Black Hole Picture Blues

Is the black hole picture a disappointment?  Well, at least one Slate Troll seems to think so.  By which they mean is not very aesthetic.

What it lacks is interesting optical detail.  Compared to simulations, it lacks complexity.

Does it tell us anything scientifically interesting or surprising?  That's the question that interests me, and I have no idea what the answer is.

If not, it's as if scientists finally got a picture of a unicorn, and it turns out to be a blurry version of Harry Potter's Patronus.

On the other hand, the technical feat is interesting, and might prove useful for other studies of what's going on in the hearts of active galaxies.


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