Nobel Prize: Facing the Reality of Black Holes

Michael Schirber
2020 Physics  
We have grown accustomed to the idea of black holes, but their existence took time to gain acceptance. The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three scientists who made the idea of black holes easier to swallow. Roger Penrose from the University of Oxford received half of the prize for his theoretical description of how gravitational collapse could lead to a black The black hole stage. By observing the path that stars take around the center of our Galaxy, researchers have provided solid
more » ... vidence for a supermassive black hole. These observations, in addition to earlier theoretical proofs of black hole formation, were recognized by the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. (See video below.) Credit: N. R. Fuller/NSF
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