How to Tell the Kids! Today’s Groundbreaking Milky Way Discovery

There is nothing more exciting than scientific discovery! Nothing! And about space? Black Holes? In our Milky Way Galaxy? All the Better! Meet our very own Milky Way black hole! It’s called Sagittarius A* (pronounced Sagittarius A Star). And today The Event Horizon Telescope Team revealed the first image of our own black hole, at the heart of the Milky Way!

Meet the Milky Way’s Black Hole! Sagittarius A* Photo Credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration

So how do you bring this break through to young readers and young thinkers in a way that’s active, fun, and involves the senses!? Keep Reading. I’ve got you covered!

I’ve been writing and researching about the team that made today’s discovery since their first announcement in 2019. It’s the subject of my new book BLACK HOLE CHASERS.

Black Hole Chasers: The Amazing True Story of an Astronomical Breakthrough

There is so much good stuff in there: problem solving, getting up from crushing failure, the thrill of discovery, teamwork, all of it taking place in a riveting story! I hope you love it.

Here are some easy resources for bringing today’s discovery to young readers and to make it a fun, active process.

Check out my Black Hole Chasers Educator Guide. What do dominoes have to do with science? You’ll have fun finding out!

Also, what does a black hole sound like? Scientists recently found out! And it’s just as creepy as I hoped for! Want to understand how much data was involved in today’s discovery? Scientists say it’s equivalent to 100-million TikTok videos!

Another cool headline from today’s discovery? Albert Einstein’s predictions hold up!

Scientists often use radio astronomy to study black holes. What even is that? Find out here from one of the most important radio astronomy sites in the world!

Today’s discovery would NOT have been possible without the watchful eye at the bottom of the world, the South Pole telescope that gazes into the heart of our galaxy. Show the kids a LIVE web cam of this telescope (often the borealis are visible)!

Here’s to scientific breakthroughs!

One Response to “How to Tell the Kids! Today’s Groundbreaking Milky Way Discovery”

  1. Grace

    The link to the sound of Sagittarius A star is amazing! To think, that sound waves could affect star formation? Did I get that right? What does that imply about the power of sounds that are common to us? 😊