Fictional crush challenge – day 6

10 days, 10 fictional crushes
Post an image of a fictional character who has been or still is your crush. No names or explanations needed. TV, movie, book, comic, cartoon characters are valid.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) from Star Trek – The Next Generation. I thought I didn’t like science fiction but then I met Mr Esther and he loved watching Star Trek so I gave in and watched with him. Yes, he’s responsible for getting me hooked on Captain Picard. The captain was badass, yet fair and noble, and his baldness was inexplicably sexy, as was Patrick Stewart’s voice – oh, how I still love that! Every time the intro came on I asked Mr Esther to stay quiet and turn up the volume so that I could savour Picard’s delectable voice saying: “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before!

Yes, I admit to having watched the above clip at least a dozen times before this post went live, with the sound turned way up on my headphones and my eyes closed when the captain speaks, so that I could savour Captain Picard speaking in my ear over and over again. I don’t do audiobooks, not even Richard Armitage ones, but for Captain Picard I might be able to make an exception. Maybe it’s the combo of the voice and that awesome music but to this day my insides crumble when I listen to Jean-Luc in that intro.

We have yet to watch the new Picard series that has been made…

… and we will do so pretty soon, I think and hope.

Supermassive black hole

After doing some chores around the house today and before going out for groceries (I always have Wednesdays off work), I sat down for a little breather and switched on the TV news. Just starting was a press conference that was being held about the first ever black hole picture. Now, I am not scientifically minded at all and I know next to nothing about astronomy, but the excitement at this news conference was so palpable, I was sucked in. The world was presented with this image:

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This is apparently a supermassive black hole surrounded by a ring of gas in a distant galaxy far far away.  From what I understand, this proves that Einstein’s black hole theory was correct. This BBC news item describes it all way better than I ever could. Science theory (and fiction in a way) has become science fact! How very cool is that? I wish we had a Captain Picard who could go and explore for us.

Apparently the black hole in our own galaxy is harder to discover but the existence of black holes now seems to be proven. This really is pretty exciting stuff! And what is extra beautiful to me is how this has been achieved with people and organizations all over the world working together. An organisation called Event Horizon Telescope was formed with this aim in mind, to work together internationally and study black holes together. With all the focus in the news nowadays on egomaniac policies and politicians, this news is such a breath of fresh air.

And now for the past few hours, I’ve had this Muse song ghosting around in my head…

I think my older scientist sister, who now works as a computer programmer, but who has also studied chemistry at uni, has always been fascinated by astronomy and actually understands all of what Einstein’s theory of relativity is about, will be over the moon excited by this news. Heck, even I am excited now. 🙂