Wow Whispering

23: Black Hole M37 Pioneering . The Skies Above with Diane A. Curran

April 10, 2019

In this episode, we celebrate the first ever photo of a Black Hole, M87 by name, newly published on April 10, 2017.

Wow!!! This feat took 8 radio telescopes, over 200 researchers, more than 10 years and some super precise atomic clocks were all it took to produce this first ever image of poetically named massive black hole M87. Released today after 2 years of processing and studying the data on what is 3 millions times Earth's size and 500 million trillion km away from us.

But what does it mean to see an iconic image for the first time? We're here to chat about this.

CNN report link.

BBC report link.

Kudos to Dr. Bouman. Indeed, that's Dr. Katie Bouman who created this pioneering image. “Take your rightful seat in history, Dr. Bouman,” the congresswoman (AO-C) tweeted. ”Congratulations and thank you for your enormous contribution to the advancements of science and mankind.”

Dr. Katie Bouman Black Hole M87

About this series:

Humanity has always turned its gaze upward, and as our technology gets exponentially more sophisticated, we are still mesmerized by the The Skies Above. Our attention spans mythology to modern times, and space travel, both physical and virtual in the here and now; at once rich in symbolism, while teeming with yet undiscovered scientific data that beckons us onward.

Your Wow Whispering host Diane has been fascinated since childhood with all things skyward, as we expand our podcast series to The Skies Above.

In this series we honor two traditions which were originally united as one: Astrology and Astronomy. Both derive purpose from seeking to understand the nature of life through explorations beyond Earth. From symbolism to science, mythology to modernity, humanity wants to know more, ever more, about our place in the cosmos.

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Our Podcast PSA for this episode highlights two organizations.


Visit them online:

The National Council for Geocosmic Research, Inc., (NCGR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the standards of astrological education and research.

Along with its U.S. membership it includes a growing number of international members and sponsors 30+ local Chapters in 20 U.S. states and 4 countries. Its Special Interest Groups (SIGs) foster dialog on various astrological specialties and its online education and educational conference bring astrologers from around the world together to grow and to learn together. Their sister organization, NCGR-PAA, allows students to leverage their astrological education into professional certification, and they welcome new members.

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NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA's vision: We reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.

Next For NASA?

Thousands of people have been working around the world -- and off of it -- for decades, trying to answer some basic questions. What's out there? How do we get there? What will we find? What can we learn there, or learn just by trying to get there, that will make life better here on Earth?

Solar System and Beyond

NASA will add to its existing robotic fleet at the Red Planet with the InSight Mars lander set to study the planet’s interior.  The Mars 2020 rover will look for signs of past microbial life, gather samples for future return to Earth and investigate resources that could someday support astronauts.

Sending Humans Out into Solar System: Moon to Mars

International Space Station

And even more to come in the areas of Flight, Space tech and Earth studies!

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