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An inquisitive TPL Kids user must have been following the news lately as the question this week is about something that was in the news. The question this week: What is a black hole?

In early-April 2019, Computer Scientist Katie Bouman and her team produced the first image of a black hole using an algorithm they developed that combined lots of astronomical data and stitched it together.

According to National Geographic, black holes are "points in space that are so dense they create deep gravity sinks. Beyond a certain region, not even light can escape the powerful tug of a black hole's gravity. And anything that ventures too close—be it star, planet, or spacecraft—will be stretched and compressed like putty in a theoretical process aptly known as spaghettification".

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