The Hubble Space Telescope Gave Us the First Look at Black Holes

Apr 26, 2018

Black holes have a bad reputation.  The line is that they’re so dense, not even light can escape, and many of us imagine being pulled inexorably toward an enormous vacuum cleaner or a drain with no hope of escape.

The truth is a little more nuanced than that.  And we know much more about them today because of the Hubble Space Telescope. 

"The Hubble Space Telescope gave us the first concrete evidence of the existence of a super massive black hole in another galaxy," notes astronomy contributor and director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium at UW-Milwaukee, Jean Creighton.

This is the third month that Creighton has joined us to talk about the Hubble’s contribution to our understanding of the universe, and she tells us today why it’s so important for this particular topic: