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The first ever photo taken of a black hole inspired a slew of memes and jokes. 


The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, a global network of telescopes worked together to capture the very first photo of a black hole. This marks the first visual recorded direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. This particular black hole is located at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy. It is 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. When released, this image wowed scientists and the public, also inspiring a variety of memes.

Some black hole memes compare the image to other similar-looking things like the Eye Of Sauron in Lord Of The Rings, cat eyes, or the Mozilla Firefox logo. Other memes delve into more bizarre and niche fields, combining the image with other meme formats or making other humorous connections. Here’s a roundup of the best black hole related memes on the web.

A twist on the Surprised Pikachu meme

Some memes are more educational and political:

A Twilight-themed black hole meme:

Uh oh! The circle game!

EXCLUSIVE enhanced photo of black hole from r/teenagers

I’m about to end this man’s whole career:

Beware Of Internet Rule 34:

What if we kissed in the black hole…