Blackhole sun, won’t you come?

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John Mitchell an English astronomer, was the first who, in 1783, was toying with the idea of stars so unbelievably dense that their gravity would be impossible to get away from – even if you were the coolest photon glued to The Flash’s ass and was able to fuck off at the speed of light after he has tossed you into the Speed Force . The is no escape! These dark stars are basically what we refer to as black holes, which is a region of space-time exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing—not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light, can escape from inside it. Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass can deform space-time to form a black hole. This is some scary shit! It is basically like our government – it sucks everything in that comes across its path and destroys it.

This week, earthlings got to see the very first ever real photograph of a black hole. This is a massive achievement if you take into consideration that basic science such as “what goes up must come down”  still baffle people who truly believe in their heart of hearts that the earth is flat. The radio “photograph” was obtained earlier this week by an international collaboration involving more than 200 scientists and engineers who linked some of the world’s most capable radio telescopes to effectively see the super-massive black hole in the galaxy known as M87. Check out CNN’s news report:

Most of you have seen the photos across social media over the last two days. It basically looks like a cat’s anus with an irritable, inflamed infection. But do you know how fucking scarily huge this thing is? M87’s black hole has a mass that is 6.5 billion times that of our Sun, which itself is one-third of a million times the mass of the Earth. Its event horizon has a radius of roughly 20 billion kilometers, more than three times the distance Pluto is from our Sun.

It is flabbergastingly insanely incomprehensible, so maybe Dan Farr, a super science fan can put it into something more comprehensible:
“Most news outlets are only showing the blurry zoomed in picture of the black hole so I’m posting the entire zoomed-out image of the black hole and everything it is consuming. The tiny black spec in this image is 6.5 billion times the size of our sun. This thing is HUGE”
Go check out Dan’s Facebook page for for spacey stuff.
Honestly, this is too much for my brain, so I need to dumb it down with some TV-series. Right on queue, the weather will also force most of us indoors this weekend, so there is what we picked of The Plumlist tree as our top 10 for your viewing pleasure:

 10# Channel hopping in the age of streaming: Prime Video edition
Welcome to the second installment in the quest for the brainless joys on internet TV. This week, it’s Amazon’s turn to guide us to weird and unexpected places.
On Amazon Prime
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 #9 Dambisa lights up the screen in The River
Since her debut on The River, we’ve realised how much we’ve missed Brenda Ngxoli on our TV screens. Her magnetic talent creates magic whenever the cameras start rolling, and it’s awesome.
 On Netflix
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#8 The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina S2 – in a word: seriously?
Sabrina embraces her witchy half while going about the rest of her life as a normal high school girl – except, you know, she’s getting help from Satan.
 On Netflix
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 #7 Where to stream the 2019 BAFTA TV nominees
Watch, or rather, make 19-year-old game developer Stefan lose his grip on reality in this creepy, choose-your-own-ending scarefest in the Black Mirror franchise. A game within a game within a game. Bandersnatch is the most meta movie you’ll ever watch.
On Showmax, DStv Now & Netflix
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 #6 South African stars owning it in 2019
Here are the heavy hitters to keep your eye on in the next few months – they’re making their mark on some of your favourite local TV series.
 On Showmax
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 #5 Like The Crown? Stream A Very English Scandal
Hugh Grant is excellent in this three-part series based on real-life politician Jeremy Thorpe’s scandalous affair.
 On Showmax
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 #4 Thirteen of the best drama series to stream in South Africa
Finished streaming all 86 episodes of The Sopranos and craving more thrilling drama? Look no further than these must-watch shows on Netflix and Showmax.
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 #3 Inside Bosch’s gritty crime-fighting world
Like the 15th-Century Dutch painter he’s named for, the TV detective sees hell on the streets and depicts it in his own way by solving crimes.


On Showmax
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 #2 Afrikaans gets dark in new sci-fi thriller Die Spreeus
Puzzling and paranormal phenomena are all under the spotlight as Die Spreeus kicks off. Each episode sees Starling Investigation Unit detectives Bas Koorts and Beatrice Mack (Chris Vorster and Monique Rockman) follow crimes and criminals from other worlds – and sometimes other dimensions.
 On Showmax
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 #1.In the battle of the brand, HBO sets fire to the competition
I would like you to consider, for a moment, everything that happens to you a few minutes before you’re about to watch your favourite show. Or what about a brand-new show that you’ve heard about (perhaps right here on The Plum List?) that sounds too good to pass up on?
 On Showmax 
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. We still haven’t fixed the randomizer since it broke down last week, so here is a manual selection. You didn’t think we’d for reals leave you high and dry with a title such as “Black Hole Sun”, did you? Have a jol! This super-hit by Soundgarden is 15 years old!

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