Black Hole Signature

"Black Echo" by John White.

240 million years ago, pressure waves emanated from a black hole inside the Perseus Galaxy Cluster. Much later, NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory intercepted those waves. Scientists raised the frequency of the signal until it fell within the range of human hearing. And then photographer John White played that sound through a petri dish of water sitting on a speaker. The result is above: a watery glimpse of a long ago black hole’s signature. Within these Faraday waves is the echo of a stellar phenomenon that took place when the very first dinosaurs walked our planet. (Image credit: J. White; via the 2023 Astronomy POTY)

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