Product Idea

M87* Black Hole

To celebrate the first picture of a black hole, released by the Event Horizon Telescope team on April 10th, 2019, I propose a LEGO set based on M87*, the supermassive black hole that resides at the core of Messier 87 galaxy!

This model features the M87* black hole with its accretion disk and two jets of high-energy particles. The black sphere represents the event horizon of M87*, which is smaller than the 'shadow' it casts (the dark region inside the accretion disk, as shown in the image released by the EHT). It also includes a microscale Earth and a radio telescope, representing the various installations around the world that were operated in combination to make a virtual, planet-size telescope to observe the M87* black hole, located 55 million light-years away and with a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun.

I believe this project would make a great LEGO set because the first direct observation of a black hole is a milestone not only for science, but for mankind. The model shows the main structures of a black hole environment, representing concepts from general relativity through an easier and more entertaining way, and has the potential to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists.

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Note: In addition to the new base, featuring an improved support that provides more stability to the black hole model, the updated version has also an engineer and a theoretical physicist! The additional pictures could not be uploaded as main images, but you can check them in the 'Updates' tab.

Engineers designed the radiotelescopes and coded the algorithms used to analyze the huge amount of data acquired by the EHT, while physicists provided the theoretical background for the characterization of the black hole.